The use and perception of social networking sites among Malaysian university students

A pilot study

Afendi Hamat, Mohamed Amin Embi, Haslinda Abu Hassan

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Abstract

Social networking sites (SNS) have been gaining attention in educational circles as a new frontier to explore, most commonly with the hope that these sites could be harnessed for educational purposes. However, as a relatively recent phenomenon, there remains a lot that needs to be investigated if educators are to understand and make use of SNS. This paper describes a pilot study of students' perception and use of SNS among Malaysian university students. The subjects are 37 students from a social science faculty in Malaysia. An online survey is administered to these respondents and they took notes of items that need to be improved for better understanding. The results indicate that students are split on the idea of using SNS for learning and their usage patterns seem to suggest they view the sites as primarily social, and not learning, platforms. The respondents also made suggestions for improvements to the survey instrument before the survey is deployed nationwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Volume18
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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The use and perception of social networking sites among Malaysian university students : A pilot study. / Hamat, Afendi; Embi, Mohamed Amin; Hassan, Haslinda Abu.

In: International Journal of Learning, Vol. 18, No. 7, 2012, p. 153-164.

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