Social media and e-learning in response to seismic events : resilient practices

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Tull, S. P. C.
Dabner, N.
Ayebi-Arthur, K.
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2017
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New Zealand
universities
University of Canterbury
Christchurch 2010-2011 earthquakes
social media
on-line support
e-learning
resilience
organisational change
distance education
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Tull, S. P. C., Dabner, N., & Ayebi-Arthur, K. (2017). Social media and e-learning in response to seismic events: Resilient practices. Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning, 21(1), pp.63-76.
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The motivation to adopt innovative communication and e-learning practices in education settings can be stimulated by events such as natural disasters. Education institutions in the Pacific Rim cannot avoid the likelihood of natural disasters that could close one or more buildings on a campus and affect their ability to continue current educational practices. For the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the impetus to innovate was a series of seismic events in 2010 and 2011. This paper presents findings from studies that identified resilient practices in this organisation, which was a ‘late adopter’ of e-learning. The findings indicate that the combined use of social media and e-learning to support teaching, learning, communication, and related organisational practices fosters resilience for students, staff, and organisations in times of crises. The recommendations presented are relevant for all educational organisations that could be affected by similar events.
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Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ)
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