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Title: A review on Facebook as a user-generated content environment in tertiary education
Authors: Timonidou, Vasiliki
Zotou, Maria
Tambouris, Efthimios
Tarabanis, Konstantinos
Subjects: FRASCATI::Natural sciences::Computer and information sciences
Keywords: Facebook
user-generated content
social networking websites
participative web
tertiary education
content generation
student participation
learning improvement
privacy concerns
Issue Date: 2013
Source: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
First Page: 164
Last Page: 183
Abstract: In tertiary education, new learning processes, technologies and tools are increasingly applied to encourage and underpin students' involvement. Lately, these include the use of Facebook where users are participators instead of observers. The main aim of this paper is to investigate Facebook's usage for content generation in tertiary education. For this purpose, we review 19 relevant published cases to investigate the tools used and activities realised, the instructors' role as well as benefits and problems encountered. The paper concludes that students use tools like the Wall and multimedia uploading to ask questions, discuss and share resources. The role of instructors remains essential but is conversed to a facilitator initiating discussions and providing course-specific material. Finally, there is evidence that students' participation increases and they learn better. However, Facebook does not provide appropriate tools for educational purposes while privacy remains a main obstacle to its wider adoption.
ISSN: 2050-3954
Other Identifiers: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2013.053601
Appears in Collections:Department of Applied Informatics
Department of Business Administration

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