Using social network sites in Higher Education: An experience in business studies
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Taylor and Francis Online; Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
Collaborative learningWeb 2.0Computer-mediated communicationLearning 2.0Learning communitiesSocial network sites
Arquero, J. L.; Romero-Frías, E. Using social network sites in Higher Education: An experience in business studies. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 50(3): 238-249 (2013). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/48901]
SponsorshipThis work was partially supported by the Junta de Andalucía – FEDER (Proyectos de Excelencia: SEJ-02670)
In the past 5 years the impact of Web 2.0 in new generations has been remarkably significant (Pew Research Center, 2010). This paper reports on an experience in the use of Social Network Sites (SNS) to support student involvement with the subject and to develop basic skills. According to students’ opinion, the experience was deemed as positive. They considered that the experience contributed to a higher engagement with the subject and a deeper collaboration with other students and teaching staff. As a result, the majority of students would prefer the use of SNS as a first option if they had to enrol again in the subject. Regarding the relationships between academic performance and use of the SNS, two different student profiles were identified based on usage patterns of the platform. Students with a more intensive use of the site showed a significantly better performance than students with a low usage profile.