Facebook usage by students in higher education.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic


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 complete3
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
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances - Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 23 Jun 201525 Jun 2015


Conference1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances
Abbreviated titleHEAd’15

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Facebook usage by students in higher education.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this