By Dr. Rebecca Sachs

According to Conole (2008), many students appear to be autonomously “creating their own social networks to support their learning” (p. 135), and several studies have shown that learners tend to have favorable attitudes toward the use of communication technologies in language classes.

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Dr. Julian K. Muhammad is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at VIU. He has been academically and professionally active in the areas of public administration and policy, risk management, emergency management, homeland security, and continuity of operations for more than 27 years, serving as a senior manager for five District of Columbia (DC) government agencies, including the Department of Health, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and Department of General Services as a risk and emergency management professional. He also serves as an expert consultant for several non-governmental organizations (Healthcare Management & Compliance Group, Inc.; Risk Mitigation Strategies; HELPIMT, Inc.; and All-Hands Consulting).

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