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Using Social Networks for Teaching and Learning: An Exploratory study
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, , University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the students’ and lecturers’ awareness, and perceptions towards the use of online social networking sites for teaching and learning. The social network sites that were of interest were Facebook, Ning, YouTube and Twitter. A census method was followed. Questionnaires were used to gather data regarding their perceptions of social network sites. Results showed that most students were Facebook users and that they perceived academic benefits by participating in these sites. Furthermore, results showed a strong correlation between students that perceived online social networking sites as helping them with their studies and those that perceived social networking sites as a stimulant to their desire to learn. However, there were some concerns by instructors regarding loss of control of teaching.

Citation

Govender, I. & Govender, D.W. (2012). Using Social Networks for Teaching and Learning: An Exploratory study. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2421-2427). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 23, 2019 from .

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