International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

Home About Us Scope Editorial Board Blog/Latest News Contact Us
10th percentile
Powered by  Scopus
Scopus coverage:
Nov 2018 to May 2020


IJSTR >> Volume 4 - Issue 12, December 2015 Edition

International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

Website: http://www.ijstr.org

ISSN 2277-8616

The Use Of Social Networking Sites For Learning In Institutions Of Higher Learning

[Full Text]



Mange Gladys Nkatha, Dr. Michael Kimwele, Dr. George Okeyo



Index Terms - Social networking sites, learning, institutions, higher education



Abstract: Institutions of higher learning are facing greater challenges to change and subjected to various transformations in the surrounding environment including technology. These challenge and motivate them to explore new ways to improve their teaching approaches. This study sought to investigate the use of social networking site in institutions of higher learning. To this end two objectives were formulated (1) to investigate the current state of the use of social networking sites by the students (2) investigate how social networking sites can be used to promote authentic learning in institutions of higher learning. The study adopted exploratory approach using descriptive survey design where a sample of 10% (67 students) were picked from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) main campus. The findings indicate the use of social networking sites is a viable option as the students are not only members of social networking sites but also that majority have access to the requisite technological devices. Additionally, recommendations for ensuring authentic learning were presented. The researcher recommends the exploration of the leveraging of the existing social networking sites for learning in conjunction with key stakeholders.



[1] Bonwell, C., & Eison, J. A. (1991). Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report.

[2] Boyd, D. M., & Ellison, N. B. (2008). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13, 210–230.

[3] Brindley, J. E., Walti, C., & Blaschke, L. M. (2009). Creating effective collaborative learning groups in an online environment. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(3). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/675/1271

[4] Ellis, A. (2001). Student-centered collaborative learning via face-to-face and asynchronous online commu-nication: What's the difference? Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, (pp. 169-177). Melbourne, Australia.

[5] Grant, H. M., & Bellows, L. (2012). Leveraging social networks for student engagement; scaling a successful hillel pilot program. Jim Joseph Foundation. MONITOR INSTITUTE.

[6] Jovanovic, J., Chiong, R., & Weise, T. (2012). Social Networking, Teaching, and Learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 7.

[7] Juang, Y.-R. (2010). Integrating Social Networking Site into Teaching and Learning. 18th International Conference on Computers in Education. Putrajaya, Malaysia: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

[8] Lenhart, A., Purcell, K., Smith, A., & Zickuhr, K. (2010). Social media and young adults. http://www.pewinternet.org/files/old-media/Files/Reports/2010/PIP_Social_Media_and_Young_Adults_Report_Final_with_toplines.pdf.

[9] McCarthy, J. (2012). International design collaboration and mentoring for tertiary students through Facebook. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(5), 755-775. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet28/mccarthy.html

[10] Naidu, S. (2005). Learning & teaching with technology: Principles and practices. Oxon, UK: Routledge Falmer.

[11] Ouf, S., Nasr, M., & Helmy, Y. (2010). An enhanced e-learning ecosystem based on an integration between cloud computing and Web 2.0. IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT). Helwan, Egypt. Retrieved from http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5711721

[12] Roblyer, M. D., McDaniel, M., Webb, M., Herman, J., & Witty, J. (2010). Findings on Facebook in higher education: A comparison of college faculty and student uses and perceptions of social networking sites. Internet and Higher Education.

[13] Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital age. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm.

[14] Silius, K., Miilumäki, T., Huhtamäki, J., Tebest, T., Meriläinen, J., & Pohjolainen, S. (2010). Students’ Motivations for Social Media Enhanced Studying and Learning. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, 2(1).

[15] Stanciu, A., Mihai, F., & Aleca, O. (2012). Social Networking as an Alternative Environment for Education. Accounting and Management Information Systems, 11(1), 56–75.