Facebook as an Online Learning Environment: Perceptions of Undergraduate Students

ID: 33223 Type: Full Paper
  1. Firat Sarsar and Steve Harmon, Georgia State University, United States

Tuesday, March 8 4:30 PM-5:00 PM

Presider:
Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie, Arkansas State University, United States

Facebook is the most popular social network service provider among university students. It can be assumed that the use of social networking can facilitate the application of e-learning in higher education. This study conducted a survey of 89 undergraduate students to examine their attitudes toward facebook as a potential learning environment. The gathered data were qualitatively analyzed. Students reported that they would like to be a part of online learning environments, but that they don`t rely on social networks for providing quality education. They feel that online learning environments should be safe and protected. Therefore, it seems important to know the characteristics of successful online students. The facilitator of online learning should be very attentive to the individual characteristics of learners. Needs of some students may not be met while using Facebook or other online social networks a learning environment.

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