University of Oulu

Agbo, Friday Joseph; Olawumi, Olayemi; Oyelere, Solomon Sunday; Kolog, Emmanuel Awuni; Olaleye, Sunday Adewale; Agjei, Richard O.; Ukpabi, Dandison C.; Yunusa, Abdullahi Abubakar; Gbadegeshin, Saheed A.; Awoniyi, Luqman; Erinle, Kehinde O.; Mogaji, Emmanuel; Silas, Aziaka Duabari; Nwachukwu, Chijioke E; Olawuni, Adedayo (2020) Social media usage for computing education : the effect of tie strength and group communication on perceived learning outcome. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 16(1): 5-26.

Social media usage for computing education : the effect of tie strength and group communication on perceived learning outcome

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Author: Agbo, Friday Joseph1; Olawumi, Olayemi1; Oyelere, Solomon Sunday1;
Organizations: 1University of Eastern Finland, Finland
2University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
3University of Oulu, Finland
4University of Central Nicaragua Medical Center, Nicaragua
5University of Jyväskylä, Finland
6Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
7University of Turku, Finland
8The University of Adelaide, Australia
9University of Greenwich Maritime, UK
10Cranfield University, UK
11Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
12Irish College of General Practitioner / Health Service Executive, Ireland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: University of the West Indies, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-07


Social media has become an important platform where users share, comment, discuss, communicate, interact, and play games. Aside from using social media for personal, social, and business purposes, the use of social media has gained attention, particularly for collaborative learning in the educational sector. This paper examines the role of social media in computing education based on the use of WhatsApp social media group. Additionally, the study explores how social media usage by students influences their perceived learning outcomes. Given these aims, the study formulated four research hypotheses and tested using Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modelling. With the participants of three hundred and thirteen (n=313) students, the study found a positive relationship between social media usage for computing education and perceived learning outcomes. In addition, the study found a linear relationship between communication ingroup and perceived learning outcomes. Finally, the study revealed that social media positively relates to tie strength, and that tie strength influences in-group communication.

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Series: International journal of education and development using information and communication technology
ISSN: 1814-0556
ISSN-E: 1814-0556
ISSN-L: 1814-0556
Volume: 16
Issue: 1
Pages: 5 - 26
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2020 The Authors with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.