Social networking for educational purposes: The development of social-cultural skills through special interest groups

Nikleia Eteokleous-Grigoriou, Despo Ktoridou

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Abstract

This chapter examines and evaluates the role, usefulness, and value of social networking as perceived by higher education students. It examines the educational role of social networking by developing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within a social networking site (Facebook). It also tries to examine the development of socio-cultural skills through the SIGs created within the social networking site. Specifically, this chapter describes and presents an evaluation of the use of three Facebook SIGs by faculty and students of five Universities in Cyprus in three discipline areas: 1) MIS - Management Information Systems; 2) Computer Science; and 3) Engineering. A mixed method approach was employed, collecting quantitative data (through questionnaires) and qualitative data (through focus groups and Facebook SIGs' observations). The results highlight the promising and important role as well as the value of such online groups in both social and academic life. Additionally, the development of socio-cultural skills through the use of Facebook and specifically the SIGs is discussed. Finally, the chapter discusses the "best practice" policies for Facebook integration for educational purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Social Classroom
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Social Network Use in Education
PublisherIGI Global
Pages394-416
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781466649057
ISBN (Print)1466649046, 9781466649040
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2013

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    Eteokleous-Grigoriou, N., & Ktoridou, D. (2013). Social networking for educational purposes: The development of social-cultural skills through special interest groups. In The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education (pp. 394-416). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-4904-0.ch020