Design, Implementation and Evaluation of XarFED: Virtual Community of the Faculty of Education of the University of the Balearic Islands. Marin, V., I., Urbina, S., Moreno, J., & Salinas, J. RED-REVISTA DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA, 2016.
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Virtual communities are one of the virtual spaces where learning from different contexts converges -professional, academic, informal, ...-, which are located in the boundaries between institutional, social and personal virtual learning environments and involve a group of people united by common interests. This paper presents the process of design, implementation and evaluation of Xarxa de la Facultat d'Educaci (XarFED) as a hybrid virtual community of learning and practice of the Faculty of Education in the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB, Spain). Information taken into account in the study during the academic year 2014/15 has been collected through Google Analytics, the platform where the community has been developed itself and a final questionnaire of satisfaction answered by the community users. The results point to a positive overall assessment of XarFED, both at a technological level and educational and participative possibilities, although a low level of use of the community tools is shown compared to the perceived usefulness by the users. XarFED is highlighted for its usefulness to connect academic and informal contexts, as well as the professional interests of the educational community of the UIB, and the importance of the interconnection with the social networks that the users utilize in their daily lives is noted as well. As conclusions, the possibilities for this type of hybrid communities are mentioned, which at the same time they foster academic learning and connect to the professional development of future graduated educators, pedagogues and teachers of the UIB.
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 abstract = {Virtual communities are one of the virtual spaces where learning from
different contexts converges -professional, academic, informal, ...-,
which are located in the boundaries between institutional, social and
personal virtual learning environments and involve a group of people
united by common interests. This paper presents the process of design,
implementation and evaluation of Xarxa de la Facultat d'Educaci (XarFED)
as a hybrid virtual community of learning and practice of the Faculty of
Education in the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB, Spain).
Information taken into account in the study during the academic year
2014/15 has been collected through Google Analytics, the platform where
the community has been developed itself and a final questionnaire of
satisfaction answered by the community users. The results point to a
positive overall assessment of XarFED, both at a technological level and
educational and participative possibilities, although a low level of use
of the community tools is shown compared to the perceived usefulness by
the users. XarFED is highlighted for its usefulness to connect academic
and informal contexts, as well as the professional interests of the
educational community of the UIB, and the importance of the
interconnection with the social networks that the users utilize in their
daily lives is noted as well. As conclusions, the possibilities for this
type of hybrid communities are mentioned, which at the same time they
foster academic learning and connect to the professional development of
future graduated educators, pedagogues and teachers of the UIB.},
 bibtype = {article},
 author = {Marin, Victoria I and Urbina, Santos and Moreno, Juan and Salinas, Jesus},
 journal = {RED-REVISTA DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA}
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