Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

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| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Social Media in Shadow Education in China, An Introduction

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60013-0_239-1


Over the course of almost 40 years, distance learning has transitioned from the periphery into mainstream education (Zawacki-Richter and Naidu 2016). As a branch of distance learning, social media has recently begun to attract considerable scholarly attention. Social media, also known as Web 2.0, is an umbrella term used to refer to Internet platforms, tools, or apps that support netizens to communicate and collaborate on mobile devices. Examples of social media include Facebook, YouTube, Youku, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat, and even different massive open online course (MOOC) platforms.

Social Media in Education

At the practical level, social media in education has been found to be useful as a method of teaching and learning. Due to its connection with the ubiquitous Internet, social media has the ability to connect teachers and students both inside and outside of classrooms, increasing the opportunities for peer support and collaboration, and teacher–student communication...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities & Social sciencesCity University of MacauTaipaMacau
  2. 2.Education University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of Linguistics and Modern Language StudiesEducation University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong
  4. 4.Guangzhou Huashang Vocational CollegeGuangzhouChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bill Davey
    • 1
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia