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Students' perceptions of using Facebook as an interactive learning resource at university

Published on Aug 28, 2012in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
· DOI :10.14742/ajet.798
Christopher Irwin9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Griffith University),
Lauren Ball15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Griffith University)
+ 1 AuthorsMichael Leveritt27
Estimated H-index: 27
(UQ: University of Queensland)
Facebook is a popular platform that may facilitate learning activities at university. In this study, students’ perceptions of using ‘Facebook pages’ within individual university subject offerings were evaluated. Individual ‘Facebook pages’ were developed for four university courses and used to provide information relevant to the courses and allow opportunities for student interaction. An initial questionnaire administered in the first lecture of semester indicated that nearly all students (n=161, 93.1%) possessed an active Facebook account. Most students (n=135, 78.0%) anticipated that a Facebook page would facilitate their learning, by increased interaction with students and instructors, and notifications for course information. A second questionnaire was completed in the final lecture of semester indicating that 81.9% of students engaged with the course Facebook page at some stage. However, perceptions of the effectiveness of the page as a learning tool were variable, with only 51% of students stating that it was effective. Despite this, the majority of students (n=110, 76.4%) recommended using Facebook in future courses. This preliminary evaluation of Facebook as a learning aid suggests that it has the potential to promote collaborative and cooperative learning, but further research is required, specifically to understand if and how it can enhance learning outcomes.
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Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Adelaide)
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Patient Rambe9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of the Free State)
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Stella Wen Tian3
Estimated H-index: 3
Angela Yan Yu4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 18
(CityU: City University of Hong Kong)
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Published on Jan 1, 2011
Julie Willems8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNE: University of New England (United States)),
Debra Bateman4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Deakin University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2011
Faycal Kabre1
Estimated H-index: 1
Ulysses J. Brown1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Jan 1, 2011
Lisa Wise11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Swinburne University of Technology),
Jason Skues7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Swinburne University of Technology),
Benedict Williams3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Swinburne University of Technology)
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Published on Dec 1, 2010 in ISSPIT (International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology)
Shimaa Ouf6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Helwan University),
Mona Nasr6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Helwan University),
Yehia K. Helmy6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Helwan University)
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Published on Nov 1, 2010in Computers in Human Behavior 4.31
Paul A. Kirschner64
Estimated H-index: 64
(OU: Open University),
Aryn C. Karpinski3
Estimated H-index: 3
(OSU: Ohio State University)
There is much talk of a change in modern youth - often referred to as digital natives or Homo Zappiens - with respect to their ability to simultaneously process multiple channels of information. In other words, kids today can multitask. Unfortunately for proponents of this position, there is much empirical documentation concerning the negative effects of attempting to simultaneously process different streams of information showing that such behavior leads to both increased study time to achieve ...
Joshua McCarthy2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Adelaide)
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Published on Sep 1, 2010in Computers in Education
Sacide Güzin Mazman6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Hacettepe University),
Yasemin Koçak Usluel14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Hacettepe University)
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Shun Xu (CCNU: Central China Normal University), Harrison Hao Yang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(State University of New York at Oswego)
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Published on Jul 17, 2019in E-learning and Digital Media
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Estimated H-index: 5
(CUI: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(WSU: Washington State University),
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Estimated H-index: 4
(MSU: Mississippi State University)
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Binesh Sarwar1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USTC: University of Science and Technology of China),
Salman Zulfiqar1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USTC: University of Science and Technology of China)
+ 1 AuthorsKhurram Ejaz Chandia1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USTC: University of Science and Technology of China)
The adoption level of emerging web technologies is rapidly growing in educational settings. Given the widespread popularity of social media, it has become essential to understand and adopt social media sites to develop future educational plans as well as deploy current course material on new technologies. This article addresses the issue of perception and usage of social media from the perspective of student collaborative learning and learner performance by incorporating the Technology Acceptanc...
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Fatma Gizem Karaoglan Yilmaz4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Bartın University)
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Godfred Matthew Yaw Owusu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Ghana),
Rita Amoah Bekoe1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Ghana)
+ 1 AuthorsAkua Pokuaa Essah Koli (University of Ghana)
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