To What Extent can Social Networking Sites enhance the Student Education Experience?

Samuel R C Boyes


Supervised by Roger M Whitaker; Moderated by Alia I Abdelmoty

This project aims to analyse the student education experience based on the use of conventional teaching methods, unconventional teaching methods, typical learning procedures and the effect of external factors in some cases. The process will include an evaluation of current methods for learning provisions such as lectures, tutorials and learning central usage; against the use of social networking sites providing forums, group chats and direct messaging. Furthermore, the concept is based on discovering student interaction with different social networking sites and whether this has a bearing on enhancing the student education experience.

It is expected that the research will be based on a large segment of year one students studying both Information Systems and Computer Science. The data gathering process is based on the willingness of individuals to be used throughout the study. Moreover, the analysis conducted from the information retrieval procedure will construct the potential of a unique teaching session based around a combination of conventional teaching styles and unconventional social networking site mechanisms. The project is expected to understand student learning patterns and accommodate for the ever increasing social networking site presence.

The research aims to uncover the different methods that students use to understand course content. This will reveal which types of learning methods are beneficial and the influence it can have on the student education experience. The project will allow module leaders to understand work patterns in terms of types of learning methods, this will help with assisting changing module teaching procedures, if the results display the need for improvement. Moreover, this research could help draw conclusions to understanding individual students??? learning types such as auditory, visual, kinesthetic or read-write. This could potentially help develop new teaching methods for particular modules and gain a better understanding of specific course content and an in depth set of quantitative data which displays exactly the amount of time students, spend on social networking sites or using the resources for teaching provided by the School.

Initial Plan (19/10/2012) [Zip Archive]

Interim Report (14/12/2012) [Zip Archive]

Final Report (03/05/2013) [Zip Archive]

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