Digital Affordance Design and Preliminary Evaluation on Social Networking Platform

Social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WeChat, Instagram and Line, are affecting and reshaping how we think and what we communicate. This phenomenon reveals that the use of social networking platforms nowadays not only be in private daily life but also in learning as well as teaching. A number of researchers have reported the promising potential of integrating social networking platforms into formal and informal teaching and learning process. However, less research described how teachers conducting social networking platforms as tools in distance learning as students’ environment for study. Based on the argument, in this paper, we adopt an affordance design framework that leads us to identify affordance on social networking platforms to design the instruction model which we called ubiquitous affordance type. A preliminary evaluation was conducted based on the affordance design framework, we found that the framework can be used to facilitate students’ online learning process. The participants involved in the learning process agreed that the use of social networking combining the digital affordance has a positive impact on their studies and can improve their skills and study in English translation course which was the subject adopted in this study.

Social Networking Platforms, Affordance, Learning Activities

Technologies in Learning

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Rotua Zendrato
    • Doctoral Student, National Central University Taiwan
    • I am a doctoral student in National Central University Taiwan