University of Oulu

Agbo, F. J., Olawumi, O., Balogun, O. S., Sanusi, I. T., Olaleye, S. A., Sunday, K., Kolog, E. A., Atsa’am, D. D., Adusei-Mensah, F., Adegbite, A., & Ipeayeda, F. W. (2021). Investigating Students’ Perception towards the Use of Social Media for Computing Education in Nigeria. Journal of Information Systems Education, 32(3), 213-227. Article Link:

Investigating students’ perception towards the use of social media for computing education in Nigeria

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Author: Agbo, Friday J.1; Olawumi, Olayemi1; Balogun, Oluwafemi S.1;
Organizations: 1School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland, 80110 Joensuu, 70211 Kuopio, Finland
2Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
3Department of Computer Science, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
4Department of Operations and MIS, University of Ghana Business School, Accra, Ghana
5Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
6Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
7Bio Environmental Science Program, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 21251, USA
8Department of Computer Science, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo Town, Nigeria
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-04


This study examined the use of a social media platform — WhatsApp — by computer science students for learning computing education in the context of a Nigerian education institution. Nowadays, a large community of students in higher education institutions has embraced the WhatsApp platform for social interactions which makes it a useful tool in education. In this study, students formed three closed groups, and each group had a specific computing topic they discussed. Their discussions were in the form of posting questions, providing answers to questions, or expressing knowledge on the group topic. A questionnaire was used to collect data from the participants regarding their experiences. We conducted a descriptive analysis of the students’ learning outcomes. The results show that the use of social media contributes positively to students’ learning achievement, and they are motivated to acquire more knowledge about different computing topics.

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Series: Journal of information systems education
ISSN: 1055-3096
ISSN-E: 2574-3872
ISSN-L: 1055-3096
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Pages: 213 - 227
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
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