Educational Networking: A Glimpse at Emergent Field

  • Alejandro Peña-AyalaEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


As a sample of the evolution that characterizes twenty-first century education, diverse Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning (TETL) approaches emerge, where educational networking (EN) is relevant. In this context, Web 2.0 represents a suitable environment to foster the creation, usage, and growth of online social networks (OSNs) that enable users to meaningfully connect, create, contribute, and collaborate in pursuit of common affairs, such as education. Hence, EN represents more than a platform for advertisement, breaking news, message dissemination, and content sharing, as it merges OSN functionalities with learning resources and its tools suitable for online teaching to instill social learning for all. Although EN is an incipient field in vigorous progress, it represents a new fashion of e-learning settings that gregariously transforms and spreads education worldwide. This is why a review of the evolution of EN labor and recent achievements leads to appreciate its nature, development, impact, and trends to consider its exploitation as part of an extended and novel academic offer. Thus, in this chapter a sample of works published since 2015 up to date is analyzed to shape a landscape of the endeavors performed in the EN arena. Therefore, a taxonomy for EN is designed to report a summary of the EN labor, whose features are outlined through a pattern to depict EN applications. The work reveals that most of the publications study how OSNs affect students’ learning, attitudes, and behavior, and general-purpose OSNs represent the most demanded platforms to foster EN.


Educational networking Social network Online social network Social network sites Social learning 



Educational networking


Higher education


High school


Information communication technology


Online social network


Pattern to Describe Educational Networking Applications


Social network


Social network analysis


Social network site


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Taxonomy for educational networking


Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning



This research was partially funded by grants CONACYT SNI 36453, IPN-SIP 2018-1407, IPN-SIP 2019-5563, IPN-SIP/DI/DOPI/EDI-154/18, and IPN-SIBE-2019-2020. The author gives testimony of the anointing, strength, and wisdom given by his Father, Brother Jesus, and Helper, as part of the research projects of World Outreach Light to the Nations Ministries (WOLNM). Finally, a special mention and gratitude is given to Lawrence Whitehill, a British English expert reviewer, who tunes the manuscript.


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  1. 1.WOLNM, Artificial Intelligence on Education LabMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, ZacatencoMexico CityMexico

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