Social Computing for Collaborative Learning in Higher Education

Olympia Vlachopoulou, Vasileios Paliktzoglou

London Metropolitan University, UK, Chandigarh University, India; Bahrain Polytechnic, Bahrain

Cite: Vlachopoulou O., Paliktzoglou V. Social Computing for Collaborative Learning in Higher Education. J. Digit. Art Humanit., 3(2), 24-33.

Abstract. This study aims to investigate the use of the specific social computing tool (Wiki) for collaborative learning, and study students’ perceptions in higher education. The participants of the study were a higher education student cohort in Bahrain. The data was collected through questionnaire and interviews. To demonstrate the intricacy of the investigation topic, a mixed methods data collection method was employed. Wiki as a social computing tool significantly enhances student collaboration, according to the preliminary questionnaire results and interviews with selected respondents. As a social computing tool, a Wiki has the potential to play a significant role in the future of learning settings, according to the study’s findings.
Keywords: Social computing, Wiki, collaboration, social media.


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Published online 27.12.2022