Date of Award

7-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Zhang, Zuochen

Keywords

e-learning, Facebook, Saudi Arabia, social media, Twitter, YouTube

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Social media in the classroom is no longer a hot topic for many countries because most schools are taking advantage of the technologies. However, most of the Saudi students do not experience the use of social media in education. This study is intended to determine how Saudi female undergraduate students perceive the social media in education. The sample was 25 students at a Saudi University. The study was qualitative; a questionnaire and an interview were used. Three research questions were explored: How do they perceive social media in education? Do they prefer social media in education, and Why? What could be done to make social media a better tool for education? The study revealed that most participants had positive perception of the use of social media in education. Reasons were ranged between personal, educational, social, and technical. Students' suggestions regarding improving the use of social media in education

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