Constructing meanings for formal use of mobile communication applications in educational contexts

Authors

  • Ewerton Martins de Menezes State University of Campinas
  • Heiko Horst Hornong State University of Campinas
  • Maria Cecília Calani Baranauskas State University of Campinas

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5753/jis.2018.691

Abstract

Mobile communication applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter, are already present in educational contexts, although their use is generally restricted to the original purpose of informal communication. In this paper, we investigate their potential to promote interaction in formal communication processes, exploring the meaning evolution of WhatsApp use in an undergraduate class setting. Based on an Organizational Semiotic analysis, we proposed a system to enable students to perform preparatory pre-class activities with WhatsApp exchanging commands, text and multimedia messages. Our analysis of the system use suggests that it is feasible and effective to appropriate mobile communication applications which students are already familiar with and use them in formal educational contexts.

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Published

2018-06-08

How to Cite

MENEZES, E. M. de; HORNONG, H. H.; BARANAUSKAS, M. C. C. Constructing meanings for formal use of mobile communication applications in educational contexts. Journal on Interactive Systems, Porto Alegre, RS, v. 9, n. 1, 2018. DOI: 10.5753/jis.2018.691. Disponível em: https://sol.sbc.org.br/journals/index.php/jis/article/view/691. Acesso em: 21 apr. 2024.

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Section

Special Issue - IHC 2015