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Facebook as a Learning Environment (FOLE): Graduate Students’ Perspectives
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, , Georgia State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Facebook is a widely used online environment that has found its application in various fields of inquiry. A number of researches in the field of instructional technology have sought to understand the efficiency of Facebook in promoting such important concepts of learning as motivation, interaction, relevancy and so on. This study surveyed 33 graduate students majoring in different fields to understand their perspectives toward Facebook as an Online Learning Environment (FOLE). The data were qualitatively analyzed. In this study researchers asked students why they use Facebook and how they feel about FOLE. Researchers also focused on understanding deeply what an online community means and how students feel about being a member of an online community. The results show that graduate students are ready to use FOLE. However, they have some concerns about it. Participants mentioned their expectations of FOLE’s increased safety, learner orientation, easy to use, copyrighted and relevant.

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Sarsar, F. & Harmon, S.W. (2012). Facebook as a Learning Environment (FOLE): Graduate Students’ Perspectives. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3759-3763). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 27, 2023 from .

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