Facebook in Higher Education: Exploring the educational use of Facebook by undergraduate students

Lee, Cheng Ean Catherine * and Teh, Phoey Lee * (2015) Facebook in Higher Education: Exploring the educational use of Facebook by undergraduate students. In: 2nd International Conference on Innovation and Sustainability (ICOIS 2015), 12-13 November 2015, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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The learning environments in higher education are moving towards the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) such as Web 2.0 and social media. Recent years have witnessed an increased interest of using social media in higher education and this has created a growing phenomenon for the educational use of social networking sites such as Facebook, to create, engage, and share existing or newly produced information among the students. The prevalence of social media in higher education has attracted the attention of researchers who have sought to understand the use of social media for learning and educational. Besides, many higher education institutions have begun to incorporate variety of digital technologies for teaching and learning, while educators are finding themselves expected to catch up with the world of social media applications and social media users. The educators are seeking the potential of social networking sites for engaging the students in their studies as well as to make the classes more interactive, and to achieve student learning outcomes. With this in mind, this paper presents a qualitative analysis of the Facebook closed group activities of undergraduate students in a Malaysian private university. The analysis of data will -related use of Facebook closed group and issues relating to student use of Facebook for educational purposes due to its increasing prevalence in the everyday lives of students. Finally, this paper will provides useful insights for academics interested in using social networking sites for teaching and learning and for researchers interested in pursuing social media in higher education research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facebook; educational use; higher education; undergraduate students
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Arts > Dept. Communication
Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Dept. Computing and Information Systems
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 06:45
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 07:43
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/1051

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