Facebook as an Academic Learning Platform: A Case Study in Mathematics

25 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2012

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Paolo Pellizzari

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Date Written: February 1, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Facebook, learning platforms, academic performance

JEL Classification: A22, D83

Suggested Citation

Pellizzari, Paolo, Facebook as an Academic Learning Platform: A Case Study in Mathematics (February 1, 2012). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 01/WP/2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2016139 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2016139

Paolo Pellizzari (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

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Venice, 30121
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