The Use Of Social Networking Sites For Learning In Institutions Of Higher Learning
Mange Gladys Nkatha, Dr. Michael Kimwele, Dr. George Okeyo
Index Terms - Social networking sites, learning, institutions, higher education
Abstract: Institutions of higher learning are facing greater challenges to change and subjected to various transformations in the surrounding environment including technology. These challenge and motivate them to explore new ways to improve their teaching approaches. This study sought to investigate the use of social networking site in institutions of higher learning. To this end two objectives were formulated (1) to investigate the current state of the use of social networking sites by the students (2) investigate how social networking sites can be used to promote authentic learning in institutions of higher learning. The study adopted exploratory approach using descriptive survey design where a sample of 10% (67 students) were picked from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) main campus. The findings indicate the use of social networking sites is a viable option as the students are not only members of social networking sites but also that majority have access to the requisite technological devices. Additionally, recommendations for ensuring authentic learning were presented. The researcher recommends the exploration of the leveraging of the existing social networking sites for learning in conjunction with key stakeholders.
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