Engaging students in learning through social networking : users’ perspectives

Guha, Ishika (2009) Engaging students in learning through social networking : users’ perspectives. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 5 (2). pp. 95-102. ISSN 1740-5106


The aim of this study is to show the impact of social networking sites (SNS) on students (including international students). Social networking sites are one of many technologies in a fast changing Web 2.0 world. They are very popular among the so-called ‘Google generation’ and are used for both social communication and learning purposes. Being an international student, I had benefited from using different social networking sites that helped me to connect with family and friends. The discovery that they benefited my studies as well, led me to a research interest in them . The social networking site Facebook, currently one of the most popular, is considered in this paper. Users' views about the social networking sites were investigated using online and face-to-face ethnographic interview techniques, using a sample size of five university students who were SNS users and familiar with other learning technologies. Their views are highlighted and various learning technologies with social networking technology are discussed and compared.

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