Exploring a ‘middle ground’: engagement with students in a social learning environment

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The aim of this paper is to present the concept of ‘middle ground’ engagement, where parties engage in learning using a simple, cost effective and easily accessible communication tool. ‘Middle ground’ is an emerging concept informed by results from a study of student communication, interaction and social learning. It enables freedom of movement for the user to communicate, engage and participate with others. The tool tested in the study is not a formal learning space such as a VLE, or a branded social space such as facebook, but rather a flexible, social learning environment allowing simultaneous access to social networking sites and formal academic space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalElectronic Journal of eLearning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • engagement
  • social interaction
  • e-learning
  • social learning


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