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

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Title Students' perceptions of using Facebook as an interactive learning resource at university
Author Irwin, Chris Garry; Ball, Lauren Elizabeth; Desbrow, Ben; Leveritt, Michael
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Australia
Publisher ASCILITE
Abstract 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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Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 28
Issue Number 7
Page from 1221
Page to 1232
ISSN 1449-5554
Date Accessioned 2012-09-02
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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