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Use of social networking sites and instant messaging applications for university-related work and studying

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dc.contributor.author Fondevila i Gascón, Joan Francesc
dc.contributor.author Mir-Bernal, Pedro
dc.contributor.author Crespo, Javier L.
dc.contributor.author Carreras-Alcalde, Marta
dc.contributor.author Feliu-Roé, Lluís
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-30T16:15:25Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-30T16:15:25Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Fondevila-Gascón JF, Mir-Bernal P, Crespo JL, Carreras-Alcalde M, Feliu-Roé L. Use of social networking sites and instant messaging applications for university-related work and studying. Observatorio (OBS*). 2017;11(3):17-24. DOI: 10.15847/obsOBS1132017877
dc.identifier.issn 1646-5954
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/35935
dc.description.abstract Social Networking Sites (SNS) and Instant Messaging (IM) applications have become very popular in the last decade. This article aims to investigate to what extent university students make use of SNS and IM in relation with learning and university-related work. In order to do so, a survey was conducted among 115 university students. Results show that answering surveys posted by other students (for their university work), being part of groups created for doing university work or studying and sharing university-related links are some of the education-related activities that students most perform on Facebook. Alongside Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and LinkedIn are the most popular SNS or IM applications when it comes to studying, doing and organizing university-related work. Some differences among male and female students can be inferred from the data though, although it was not the aim of this study to explore such differences and further research would be needed. The paper concludes that university students make good and ample use of SNS and IM applications for education-related purposes and a recommendation for lecturers to adopt these tools is made.
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dc.relation.ispartof Observatorio (OBS*). 2017;11(3):17-24
dc.rights Copyright © 2017 (Joan-Francesc Fondevila-Gascón et al). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Generic (cc by-nc). Available at http://obs.obercom.pt.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/
dc.title Use of social networking sites and instant messaging applications for university-related work and studying
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS1132017877
dc.subject.keyword Facebook
dc.subject.keyword Social networking sites
dc.subject.keyword Instant messaging applications
dc.subject.keyword Education
dc.subject.keyword University students
dc.subject.keyword WhatsApp
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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