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Volume 16 Issue 1, ECIME 2012 / Jun 2013  pp1‑84

Editor: Dr. David Sammon, Dr. Tadhg Nagle

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Editorial of the ECIME 2012 Special Issue of EJISE  pp1‑2

Dr. David Sammon, Dr. Tadhg Nagle

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IT Risk Management: A Capability Maturity Model Perspective  pp3‑13

Val Hooper anMarian Carcaryd Tarika Kalidas

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Do IS consultants enhance IS competences in SMEs?  pp14‑25

Adrian Bradshaw, Paul Cragg, Venkat Pulakanam

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Exploring the Alignment of Organisational Goals with KM: Cases in Four Irish Software SMEs  pp26‑37

Ciara Heavin, Frederic Adam

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Information System Evaluation through an Emergence Lens  pp38‑47

Olgerta Tona, Sven A. Carlsson

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A novel approach to challenging consensus in evaluations: The Agitation Workshop  pp48‑58

John McAvoy, Tadhg Nagle, David Sammon

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Evaluation of a Collaborative Learning Environment on a Facebook Forum  pp59‑73

M.R. (Ruth) de Villiers, Marco Cobus Pretorius

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Abstract: An academic group and discussion forum were established on Facebook for a cohort of postgraduate students studying Concepts and Principles of eLearning. The Forum had a constructivist, student‑centric ethos, in which students initiated discuss ion topics, while the course leader and administrator facilitated. In previous research, content analysis was undertaken of the discussions, but the present study evaluates the collaborative learning environment on Facebook, investigating social relations hips, study‑related pursuits and the balance between them, as well as considering whether the Group could be viewed as a Web 2.0 application. A literature review shows how social networking by students, initially social, began to overlap with academia, l eading to groups and forums for academic purposes. In mixed‑methods research, qualitative analysis was done on free‑text data to extract themes from students reflective essays and from an exam question, while heuristic evaluation was conducted by expert evaluators, who analysed forum discourse in line with contemporary learning theory and considered the social culture of participation. Findings of the qualitative analysis and results of the heuristic evaluation of forum participation confirmed each other , indicating a good social climate and a conducive, well‑facilitated environment. Inter‑personal relationships were fostered between distance learners, and academic value arose from independent research, peer‑learning and social negotiation. Facebook serv ed well as an environment for collaborative learning, but did not provide a full Web 2.0 environment for the collaborative generation of artifacts or projects. 


Keywords: Keywords: ELearning, Facebook group, heuristic evaluation, discussion forum, qualitative analysis, Web 2.0


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The Role of Agent Based Modelling in the Design of Management Decision Processes  pp74‑84

Elena Serova

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