Students' engagement with Facebook in a university undergraduate policing unit

Staines, Zoe & Lauchs, Mark A. (2013) Students' engagement with Facebook in a university undergraduate policing unit. Australasian Journal Of Educational Technology, 29(6), pp. 792-805.

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Web 2.0 technologies are increasingly being used to support teaching in higher education courses. However, preliminary research has shown that students are using such technologies primarily for social purposes, rather than as a means of further engaging with academic content. This study examines a cohort of tertiary students' use of a Facebook page, which was created for a second year university policing unit at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Results from content analysis of the Facebook "wall" and a survey of student users and non-users showed that although students only demonstrated very little active engagement with academic content posted on the site (that is, they were reluctant to interact with unit materials in a way that would leave a digital trace), they reported that Facebook had increased their ability to engage with and critically analyse the unit content. In alignment with other research in this area, students also reported the usefulness of the Facebook page for increasing communication with their peers and with the teaching staff. This paper concludes by offering a number of best practice guidelines for the use of Facebook in tertiary education.

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ID Code: 68963
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Facebook, Student engagment, HERN
ISSN: 1449-3098
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2014 23:14
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 04:38

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