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Let’s ‘Face’ It: Facebook as an Educational Tool for College Students PROCEEDINGS

, Fairleigh Dickinson University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Recent studies show that 95% of university students use the popular social networking site, Facebook. We share survey data collected in the spring of 2009, from undergraduate and graduate students regarding their attitudes toward Facebook. We discuss student perceptions of Facebook as an informal and formal teaching tool, such as its effectiveness as a communication device. We find that students use Facebook primarily for informal learning purposes, such as for student-to-student interactions about non-required course-related matters. Students also use Facebook for formal learning purposes, such as student-to-student interactions about required course components. However, students are less likely to use Facebook for informal teaching purposes, which include instructor-student communication about non-required course-related matters, and formal teaching purposes, which is instructor-student communication about required course matters that may be formally assessed.

Citation

Lego Muñoz, C. (2010). Let’s ‘Face’ It: Facebook as an Educational Tool for College Students. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 1953-1958). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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