Engagement and learning through social software in finance: a retrospective on the Trading Room experience

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Jain, Ameeta, Thomson, Dianne, Farley, Alan and Mulready, Pamela (2012) Engagement and learning through social software in finance: a retrospective on the Trading Room experience. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37 (6). pp. 701-718. ISSN 0260-2938 (print), 1469-297X (online) (Unpublished)


The introduction of a social software blog space called the Trading Room in an undergraduate finance unit generated a great deal of activity to support student learning. A subsequent evaluation of this innovation, viewed through the lens of Activity Theory, demonstrated that students perceived high value in the opportunity it provided for them to reaffirm theories, obtain individualised feedback and benchmark their work against others. While assessment is generally seen as the carrot and the stick of learning; students in the study reported that they would still participate in reading and posting to the Trading Room even if there was no assessment requirement. Students did not see any value in the environment as a purely social space, reporting that they saw it primarily as a professional educational community. It would appear that just as there are different communities in the real world social space, there are also different types of communities in the online space.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23284
DOI 10.1080/02602938.2011.563280
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0260293...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > Other
Keywords ResPubID25677, social software, student engagement and learning, students, blogs, blog-based communities, online learning, educational technologies, social media, social networking technology, community engagement
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