Supporting collaborative learning among Cuban university students through the use of social software

  • Roberto C. Rodríguez-Hidalgo ((PhD) Student)
  • Chang Zhu (Promotor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This dissertation focuses on the integration of social software tools to support collaborative learning in Cuban higher education. Teachers' and students' perceptions of social software for supporting collaborative learning are examined to design a didactic model that supports the implementation of social software-supported collaborative learning. Teachers' and students' collaborative learning perceptions, their relationships, and students' self-efficacy when using social software are analysed through content analysis and social networks analysis (SNA), in order to examine the influence of using social software on student's learning effectiveness.
The general research question of the dissertation is: To what extent do collaborative learning activities supported by social software improve the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process in Cuban higher education? There are eleven specific research questions that we approach through five studies conducted in Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas (UCLV). Mixed research methods are used throughout these studies, which are organised within three main phases: diagnostic, integration and validation.
Date of Award17 Jun 2014
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorChang Zhu (Promotor)


  • collaborative learning
  • higher education
  • use of social software

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