Social media as a teaching and learning tool for in-class Q&A activities to promote learning and transform college engineering classroom dynamics: The case of facebook

Fu-Yun Yu, Yu Hsin Liu

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Abstract

In this work Facebook (FB) is used as a teaching and learning tool in a college engineering course, and its perceived effects with regard to promoting learning and changing classroom dynamics were examined. A total of 42 civil engineering majored undergraduates participated in this study. A group was created in FB to be used exclusively by the participants to respond to questions of various types and with various aims, which were asked in class by the instructor. Inductive data analysis of the students' responses to one open-ended question in the last session revealed the following positive effects of FB use for in-class Q&A activities: enhanced social interaction, more focused learning, a more amiable classroom environment, and deepened thinking about and awareness of the complexity of the focal topic. Based on the results of this work, it is suggested that college instructors may consider incorporating FB in class to support more democratic and participatory forms of dialog among participants, and thus transform the classroom dynamic into a more interactive and amiable one.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 15th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationAdvanced Technologies for Supporting Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning, ICALT 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages299-300
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781467373333
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 14
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2015 - Hualien, Taiwan
Duration: 2015 Jul 62015 Jul 9

Other

Other15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2015
CountryTaiwan
CityHualien
Period15-07-0615-07-09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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