Facebook usage by students in higher education

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Abstract

In this paper I measure first year student Facebook usage as part of a broader PhD study into the influence of social media usage on the success of students in higher education. A total of 906 students were asked to complete 3 surveys on Facebook usage with their peers, for two consecutive years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013). The different purposes for Facebook usage, in addition to whether or not students used (self-created) Facebook-groups, were measured and the relationship between the use of pages compared to the purpose of Facebook usage. This resulted in significant correlations between the purpose of Facebook usage and the use of different pages, as well as correlations between the purpose and use of different pages. This study hereby explores the variation in student Facebook usage and provides valuable insight into the potential value of Facebook for students in an educational setting, without the interference of teachers. It is also the next logical step in revising existing integration and engagement theories that predict student success in higher education in contemporary society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances
Subtitle of host publicationJune 24-26,2015: Valencia, Spain
EditorsElena de la Poza, Jozep Dormènech, Jaime Lloret, M. Cinta Vincent Vela, Elena Zuriaga Agustí
Place of PublicationValencia
PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de València
Pages593-599
ISBN (Print)9788490483404
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 24 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameColección Congresos UPV

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances
Abbreviated titleHEAd'15
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period24/06/1526/06/15

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