Students responded positively to the use of innovative eLearning2.0 tools considering them highly effective at increasing student engagement and improving the overall learning experience. An average of about 70% students took the weekly quizzes.
Remote collaboration between weekly classroom sessions utilizing the dedicated Facebook group also facilitated students’ ongoing learning. Given the “any time, anywhere” nature of Social Media and its availability on mobile platforms (Smartphones, Tablets), module conversations and discussions do not have to end when class does. This has proven to increase student engagement with the module. Although Facebook collaboration enhances the learning experience outside the classroom - it is in no way intended to replace traditional face-to-face lectures.
Below are some quotes from “end of semester” student feedback for this module:
It was great to follow, discuss and contribute to MIS20040 module content on the move (Facebook and Twitter apps for my smartphone).
Combination of face-to-face lectures and Facebook was an excellent and useful way of delivering module content. It certainly had a positive impact on my learning experience.
I really enjoyed the weekly review quizzes, the Twitter page, and the Facebook page.
They are great resources for revision and improvement.
They provide opportunities to test my knowledge.
Facebook page was very effective.
Considering student feedback, Facebook and weekly student quizzes have now been incorporated into the assessment strategy for MIS20040.
Glowatz, M., O'Brien, O. (2012). “Facebook in an Academic Environment: Advancing Practice from Information-Sharing to Collaboration and Innovation”, AISHE-C 2012: Responding to Change: Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.