ERIC Number: EJ1077697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
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Facebook and Classroom Group Work: A Trial Study Involving University of Botswana Advanced Oral Presentation Students
Magogwe, Joel M.; Ntereke, Beauty; Phetlhe, Keith R.
British Journal of Educational Technology, v46 n6 p1312-1323 Nov 2015
In the 21st century, the use of information technology in the classroom is advancing rapidly, especially in higher education. The Internet, through social networking, has made it possible for students to learn and teachers to teach outside the classroom walls. Facebook in particular has made it possible for students to interact and communicate with their teachers and among themselves about their progress and about the problems they encounter in learning. Yet, limited research exists on the use of Facebook in education in Sub-Saharan Africa more especially in Botswana. This is in spite of the observation that Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing Internet population with a growth of more than 2500% between 2000 and 2011. This study therefore set out to examine (1) the students' interest in using Facebook to facilitate group work activities in the Advanced Oral Presentation Skills course; (2) whether the students interact and communicate using Facebook on matters relating to the Advanced Oral Presentations course; (3) whether the students benefitted from using Facebook for learning advanced oral presentation skills; and (4) what challenges the students encountered when using Facebook in the Advanced Oral Presentations course. In this trial study, students were allocated groups and assigned to conduct their group activities via Facebook. Although this was optional, more than 80% of the groups opted for Facebook and less than 20% chose to do their group work traditionally. A follow-up evaluation of the experiment was done through a questionnaire and interviews. The findings suggest that Facebook could facilitate student communication and interaction about group assignments.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Student Interests, Group Activities, Interaction, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Interviews, Assignments, Speech Communication, Public Speaking, Social Media
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Botswana