Social networking sites utilization for teaching and learning

Albayrak, Duygu
The purpose of this study was to investigate students’ social networking sites (SNSs) involvement, students’ involvement of Facebook as course management system (CMS) in face-to-face course, students’ acceptance of Facebook, students’ motivations, students’ achievements, and their relationships. The study, used Facebook as CMS, was conducted in a private university with 42 participants in two different freshman courses. Maximum variation sampling was employed in selecting 12 students for interview. Mixed method was employed as part of an action-research approach. Both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods were utilized to thoroughly analyze Facebook use as CMS. Quantitative data were collected through three questionnaires about Facebook acceptance, motivation to the course and involvement of Facebook and course Facebook page. The qualitative data were collected through both individual interviews and discussion posts of course Facebook page. The quantitative data analysis consisted of descriptive statistics, and correlation analyses. Coding schemes were used to both find the depth-of-discussion posts and convert qualitative data into quantitative data. The results stated that students’ SNSs involvement, students’ acceptance of Facebook, students’ motivations, students’ achievements and their relationships were different according to the taken course. Possible reasons of the differences of utilization and engagement in the course activities were clarified in the study. Results support that students and instructors could benefit from Facebook usage in learning and teaching. Most of the participants believed the value of having CMSs in all courses. Moreover, they preferred Facebook as CMS to communicate easily, to increase their active participation and interactions in their courses.


Utilization of social networking websites in education: a case of facebook
Tınmaz, Hasan; Çağıltay, Kürşat; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2011)
The aim of this study is to seek fundamental uses and gratifications of a social networking website, Facebook as a case, and the possible advantages and the challenges of utilization of Facebook for instructional activities. The research study encompassed four main steps; the analysis of uses & gratifications of Facebook, the analysis of Facebook utilization possibilities for instruction, the interviewing for two preceding steps, and the realization and analysis of a course on Facebook. In the study both qu...
The Comparison of teachers and students opinions on the use of social networking sites for educational purposes in a private high school
Karabulut, Seda; Delialioğlu, Ömer; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2017)
This study aims to investigate the use of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) by high school students and teachers by (i) comparing their preferences in using these webbased social environments, and (ii) questioning how they affect their face-to-face communication. Survey research design with convenience sampling method was used to descriptively compare social media usage behaviors of teachers and students and their perceptions toward SNSs. As the data collection instruments two surveys, one for teachers and ano...
Using Social Networking Sites for Teaching and Learning: Students' Involvement in and Acceptance of Facebook (R) as a Course Management System
Albayrak, Duygu; Yıldırım, Zahide (2015-04-01)
This study investigates students' involvement in Facebook (R) as a course management system (CMS), Facebook acceptance, and the relationships between the two. The study used Facebook as a CMS in two freshman courses and employed mixed method as part of an action-research approach. Forty-two students participated in the study, and 12 of those students were selected for face-to-face interviews through maximum variation sampling. Quantitative data were collected through questionnaires and course Facebook page ...
Social media and word-of-mouth dispersion : factors affecting likelihood of diffusion
Kursun, Zuhal Sinem; Yılmaz, Cengiz; Department of Business Administration (2013)
This study aims to analyse the factors behind electronic word-of-mouth participation on social network sites, especially on Twitter. For this purpose, the general drivers behind such activity is classified, and other sub-factors were categorised under these drivers were categorised as influencers and determinants. Both individual and environmental factors were studied for a comprehensive analysis about factors increasing or decreasing the likelihood of diffusion of word-of-mouth messages. Besides the hypoth...
Children’s Information Disclosure Tendencies On Social Networks
İslim, Ömer Faruk; Çağıltay, Kürşat; Kaşıkçı, Duygu; Kurşun, Engin; Karakuş Yılmaz, Türkan (2017-03-01)
This descriptive study aims to identify children’s information disclosure tendency in social network environments, their social network use habits and potential risky behaviors. The study was conducted in Turkey's three largest cities (Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir), and data were gathered with survey through face-to-face meetings with randomly selected 524 children between 9 and 16 years old who used social networks, and their parents. The survey consisted total of 38 Likert-type questions that 25 of them we...
Citation Formats
D. Albayrak, “Social networking sites utilization for teaching and learning,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2012.