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Using Online Facebook Study Groups as a Pedagogical Tool for Political Science Courses

15 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2013 Last revised: 20 Aug 2013

Alisa Rod

University of California, Santa Barbara

Mario Guerrero

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Date Written: January 21, 2013

Abstract

In this paper, we provide instructions and a rationale for using Facebook as an educational tool to create online study groups for political science courses. The suggestions and guide provided in this paper are based on our own observations and experiences. We also include a punctuated quantitative analysis in order to demonstrate that a positive empirical relationship exists between Facebook study groups and academic performance. We integrated Facebook as the primary study tool for eight different upper and lower division political science courses at a large public university (n=619). Online Facebook study groups allow students within a course to connect with each other and share a common space online. Group members may also send messages to each other, which they may choose to sync with email, cellular or computing devices. Additionally, group members can chat with each other in real time, upload documents (such as lecture notes or study guides), and share Internet links with other members of the course. We find that incorporating online Facebook study groups as a pedagogical tool in political science courses positively impacts academic performance.

Keywords: Facebook, student-faculty interaction, online study groups

Suggested Citation

Rod, Alisa and Guerrero, Mario, Using Online Facebook Study Groups as a Pedagogical Tool for Political Science Courses (January 21, 2013). 2013 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2204704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2204704

Alisa Rod

University of California, Santa Barbara ( email )

Mario Guerrero (Contact Author)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ( email )

3801 W. Temple Avenue
Building 94, Room 303
Pomona, CA 91768-4055
United States

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