The Self-initiative use of IM in China for Learning

Hui Deng & Yinjuan Shao. Learning Science Research Institute, University of Nottingham, UK & South West University,China

In this study, we examined how undergraduates use QQ, the most popular IM software in China, and their behaviors related to academic purpose by online interviews. We found QQ is not only used as social software but also for learning purpose spontaneously. Learners initiate various learning through QQ without any guidance of tutors and teachers and all these learning activities happened mostly in informal settings.

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