Facebook as an Academic Learning Platform: A Case Study in Mathematics
Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Economics
February 1, 2012
University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 01/WP/2012
The paper discusses the impact of the use of Facebook as a supporting learning platform for a course in Mathematics at the undergraduate level. After the examination of some critical issues of Facebook in a learning framework, we analyze data on the usage the page (total reach and number of engaged users) and the results of a survey taken by 217 students. Their appreciation for Facebook in such a context is stark and improvements of qualitative aspects of academic performance are perceived. Studying a subset of data tagged with ID information, we also investigate the quantitative performance (i.e., grades) in connection with the level of Facebook activity and usefulness. We find some evidence of positive correlation of grades and several variables. This is at odds with other studies, where active users experienced poorer performance when the use of Facebook is not related to academic work.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Facebook, learning platforms, academic performance
JEL Classification: A22, D83working papers series
Date posted: March 6, 2012
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