Facebook on mobile phones: A match made in the cloud?

Serge Gabarre, Cécile Gabarre, Rosseni Din

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Abstract

This chapter relates the findings from an action research study conducted in a French language course at a Malaysian public university where Facebook on mobile phones was used instead of a dedicated learning management system (LMS). Students reported that they encountered several problems when using the university’s LMS. They were not able to initiate forum discussions, post multimedia documents and generally lacked the motivation to use the target language in the online environment. A study of the literature revealed that similar problems were resolved through the incorporation of social networking sites in the classroom. Furthermore, past studies have highlighted the pedagogical advantages of mobile learning with anywhere and anytime learning. Therefore, it was anticipated that combining Facebook with mobile phones could provide a solution through the affordances provided by both technologies. A two-cycle action research study was conducted over the course of one semester with one cohort of students. Every student was provided with a smartphone and permanent access to mobile Internet. All activities that were previously conducted on the LMS were transferred to Facebook. At the end of each cycle, semi-guided individual interviews were conducted with nine students to evaluate the new pedagogical setup. Data was subsequently coded and analysed with the ATLAS.ti software. Findings revealed the positive impact of using Facebook and mobile phones to promote motivation and participation. Although this research advocates using alternatives to the more classic LMS, several issues such as lack of privacy and cyber-pressure were encountered. This paper offers solutions to facilitate the transition to a novel form of LMS, thereby empowering the students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in the Asia-Pacific Region
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages239-253
Number of pages15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameEducation in the Asia-Pacific Region
Volume40
ISSN (Print)1573-5397
ISSN (Electronic)2214-9791

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development
  • Cultural Studies

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Gabarre, S., Gabarre, C., & Din, R. (2017). Facebook on mobile phones: A match made in the cloud? In Education in the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 239-253). (Education in the Asia-Pacific Region; Vol. 40). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6_12

Facebook on mobile phones : A match made in the cloud? / Gabarre, Serge; Gabarre, Cécile; Din, Rosseni.

Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Springer Nature, 2017. p. 239-253 (Education in the Asia-Pacific Region; Vol. 40).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gabarre, S, Gabarre, C & Din, R 2017, Facebook on mobile phones: A match made in the cloud? in Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, vol. 40, Springer Nature, pp. 239-253. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6_12
Gabarre S, Gabarre C, Din R. Facebook on mobile phones: A match made in the cloud? In Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Springer Nature. 2017. p. 239-253. (Education in the Asia-Pacific Region). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6_12
Gabarre, Serge ; Gabarre, Cécile ; Din, Rosseni. / Facebook on mobile phones : A match made in the cloud?. Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Springer Nature, 2017. pp. 239-253 (Education in the Asia-Pacific Region).
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