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FIT faculty member Dr. Ismael Ateya co-authors in IT Journal

Collaborative Problem Solving and the use of Social Network media in E-learning has been the focus of research of Mr. Melvin Ballera, a Ph.D candidate in the Faculty of Information Technology. The research findings  have been published in Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communication, Vol. 3 Issue 1, pp. 25-42, with title “Collaborative Problem Solving Using Public Social Network Media: Analyzing Student Interaction and Its Impact to Learning Process” with Dr. Ismail Ateya Lukandu and Dr. Abdalla Radwan from the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Sirte University, Libya


The paper examines the use of social network media in three aspects in African and Libyan perspective. First: Is to use social network media as an open network learning environment that provides service for interaction necessary for learners to support socialization and collaboration during problem solving. Second: To use social media as a tool to support blended learning in e-learning system and encourage non-native English students to express their ideas and fill the gap of communication problems. Last: To analyze the interaction of the learner in social media threaded messages and its relation to group and individual performance using different social schema and social network analyses. Quasi-experimental results indicate that there is an increase on the cognitive level of students at different level while qualitative results reveal that it helps deepen learning, memorable, have freedom to express opinions and lessen pressure and increase communication and socialization.


Mr. Ballera has been very active in e-learning research and development focusing on instructional design, collaborative learning process and e-learning agent as evident in his numerous papers both in international conference proceedings and journal publications. His paper entitled “Incorporating Social Oriented Agent and Interactive Simulation in E-Learning: Impact on Learning, Perceptions to Non-Native English Students” was been awarded the Best Paper status in World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education in the USA, 2012. Mr. Ballera also served as a reviewer and critic of e-learning paper in International Conference in E-learning (ICEL2013) and an active member SDIWC, WASET and contributor of AACE.


Currently, Mr. Ballera is working on his Ph.D. Research entitled “Roulette Wheel Selection Algorithm (RWSA) and Reinforcement Learning (RL) for Personalizing and Improving E-learning System” under supervision of Dr. Ismail Ateya Lukandu, Research Director in the Faculty of Information Technology and Dr. Abdalla Radwan, of Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Sirte University, Libya. The SDIWC International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications is a refereed journal designed to address the critical ideas and opinions on the organizational, social and management issues associated with significant information-based technologies. It is published by Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communication with ISSN: 2225-658X and located at Miramar Tower, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsiu, Kowloon, Hongkong.