Elvira Popescu

Associate Professor

Department of Computers and Information Technology

University of Craiova

 Title: Fostering collaborative learning with social media tools

Abstract: In recent years, social media tools have found their way into the educational landscape, with positive effects on the learning process. They have been reportedly used for a variety of educational purposes, in wide-ranging contexts and disciplines of study, following various pedagogical approaches and instructional scenarios and in support of different cognitive processes and learning objectives. The main roles fulfilled by the social media tools are to foster communication and collaboration between learners and help create online learning networks, actively engaging students in their learning.

Furthermore, dedicated Web 2.0-based learning spaces have started to be designed, in an attempt to incorporate specific instructional features into the social media tools. These features refer to assessment support, learner tracking and monitoring, collaborative learning facilities, ranging up to complex integrated learning environments. In this talk we provide an overview of the proposed approaches for designing social learning environments and report on our experience in the context of a collaborative project-based learning scenario.

Short CV: Dr. Elvira Popescu is Associate Professor at the Computers and Information Technology Department, University of Craiova, Romania. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology of Compiègne, France and the University of Craiova, Romania (double degree). Her research interests include technology enhanced learning, adaptation and personalization in Web-based systems, learner modeling, Web 2.0 and social learning environments, learning analytics, intelligent and distributed computing. She authored and co-authored more than 80 publications, including a book, journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She received several scholarships and participated in several national and international research projects. Dr. Popescu is actively involved in the research community by organizing a series of international workshops in the area of social and personal computing for e-learning (SPeL 2008-2016), guest editing three journal special issues in the same area, co-editing seven Springer proceedings volumes, serving as conference chair and PC chair for five conferences and as member of five journal editorial boards.

Personal Page: http://software.ucv.ro/~epopescu/ 

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