Using Online Facebook Study Groups as a Pedagogical Tool for Political Science Courses
15 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2013 Last revised: 20 Aug 2013
Date Written: January 21, 2013
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
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