Using Mobile-based Social Media to Facilitate Interaction and Build Communities through the lens of Ubuntu in Distance Education

dc.contributor.author Makoe, Mpine
dc.contributor.author Shandu, Thulile P
dc.coverage.placeName South Africa en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Africa en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-19T23:38:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-19T23:38:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07
dc.description.abstract This paper examines how WhatsApp can be used to build learning communities and facilitate interaction, through the lens of Ubuntu – an African concept of humanness, which means that an individual person owes his or her existence to the existence of others. The Afrocentric concept of Ubuntu and interaction work concomitantly towards the realisation of vocabulary teaching and learning within distance education. Through this study, students were encouraged to work together through a mobile-based social network to learn English vocabulary. Ubuntu was used as a framework to analyse the WhatsApp chats to find salient themes relating to building communities and enhancing interaction. The key elements of Ubuntu grounded the findings and demonstrated how technology can be used to bridge the interaction distance and how Ubuntu principles are articulated in the communities of learning. This paper illustrates how Ubuntu is manifested in a local context, with principles that can be applied globally to enhance collaboration. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/3207
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Commonwealth of Learning (COL) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Learning for Development;vol. 6, no. 2
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ en_US
dc.source.uri https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/357 en_US
dc.subject Distance Education en_US
dc.subject Information and Communication Technology (ICT) en_US
dc.title Using Mobile-based Social Media to Facilitate Interaction and Build Communities through the lens of Ubuntu in Distance Education en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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