Social media platforms as educational interfaces - considering the way forward for blended learning


  • Kelly Louise Preece University of Exeter



Blended Learning, Student Experience


Despite their pervasiveness, Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are subject to a number of criticisms of their efficacy as platforms for blended learning (Weller, 2006). This paper considers the use of social media platform Padlet as an alternative educational interface through evaluation of an intervention-based case-study. Focus groups were conducted with the student cohort, identifying a number of recurring themes that form the main body of this paper: visuality and clarity of the interface, autonomy over learning, students as co-producers and critical reflection. These themes address the intervention itself, and acknowledge the limitations of the research by proposing potential developments. The paper concludes by drawing together questions for further research, and notably reflects on whether it is more pertinent to address the way we use educational interfaces, rather than the interfaces themselves, in considering ‘the way forward’ for blended learning in Higher Education 2018.

Author Biography

Kelly Louise Preece, University of Exeter

Kelly Preece is the Researcher Development Programme Manager for Postgraduate Research Students at the University of Exeter. She has previously worked as a Lecturer in Dance at the University of Leeds and the University of Northampton. Her research encompasses the use of technology in dance performance and pedagogy.


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How to Cite

Preece, K. L. (2015). Social media platforms as educational interfaces - considering the way forward for blended learning. Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education, 7(1), 15–28.