ERIC Number: EJ1173017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Facebook: A Potentially Valuable Educational Tool?
Voivonta, Theodora; Avraamidou, Lucy
Educational Media International, v55 n1 p34-48 2018
This paper is concerned with the educational value of Facebook and specifically how it can be used in formal educational settings. As such, it provides a review of existing literature of how Facebook is used in higher education paying emphasis on the scope of its use and the outcomes achieved. As evident in existing literature, Facebook has been used mainly for social networking purposes through the establishment and collaboration of social groups in educational settings. However, a set of recent studies has exemplified how Facebook can provide an empowering means for achieving educational goals and supporting students develop crucial skills (e.g., writing, networking, collaborating) by serving as members in various learning communities. Concluding, we argue that Facebook can provide a valuable pedagogical tool that enhances student learning. Hence, future research towards further exploring Facebook's use in educational settings is warranted for the purpose of producing scientific evidence about the ways in which Facebook could be utilized to enhance learning.
Descriptors: Social Media, Social Networks, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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