An Analytical Study of the Use of Social Networks for Collaborative Learning in Higher Education

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Afnan A. Alkhathlan 1,* Ahmad A. Al-Daraiseh 2

1. Department of Information Systems, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2. Department of Computer Science, College of Information Technology, American University of Madaba, Madaba, Jordan

* Corresponding author.


Received: 2 Dec. 2016 / Revised: 28 Dec. 2016 / Accepted: 15 Jan. 2017 / Published: 8 Feb. 2017

Index Terms

Social Networking Sites, Educational Social Networking Sites, Collaborative Learning Higher Education


In recent years, the use of social networks has been growing at an unprecedented speed. Changing the way people communicate, interact and learn. Instead of passively consuming information, users are actively participating in the creation of knowledge, as a part of the social connection and interaction Social Networking Sites (SNSs) are built upon. And since learning, at abstract, is a social activity, educators around the world have been embracing the notion of incorporating social networks technology into the educational environment to support and enhance the teaching-learning experience. This work investigates the usage of social networks in higher education to support collaborative learning, improve the learning process and enhance students’ engagement and academic achievements. A comprehensive review of the current literature is conducted to thoroughly analyze the use and impact of social networks on higher education students. In order to propose a framework for educational social networks that will support collaborative learning and enhance learning outcomes for higher education students.

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Afnan A. Alkhathlan, Ahmad A. Al-Daraiseh,"An Analytical Study of the Use of Social Networks for Collaborative Learning in Higher Education", International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science(IJMECS), Vol.9, No.2, pp.1-13, 2017. DOI:10.5815/ijmecs.2017.02.01


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