Social networking as a learning tool: nursing students' perception of efficacy

Tower, Marion, Latimer, Sharon and Hewitt, Jayne (2014) Social networking as a learning tool: nursing students' perception of efficacy. Nurse Education Today, 34 6: 1012-1017. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.11.006

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Author Tower, Marion
Latimer, Sharon
Hewitt, Jayne
Title Social networking as a learning tool: nursing students' perception of efficacy
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2014-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.11.006
Volume 34
Issue 6
Start page 1012
End page 1017
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Formatted abstract
Background: The pedagogical use of social networking technology in education is of growing interest to academics as a potential teaching and learning tool. However, the educational use of social networking sites such as Facebook is still under explored. Nursing students often perceive bioscience subjects as difficult and lack self-efficacy in their ability to be successful. In this case, as the final assessment for a bioscience related subject approached, students became increasingly anxious about their ability to perform in the assessment item. To better support students, a Facebook group was formed.

Objectives: The aim of the study was to examine students' perceptions of the efficacy of using Facebook as a tool to support study.

Design: A convenience sample of BN students (n = 533 across 3 campuses), enrolled in the subject Medications and Safe Administration, were invited to join. 373 BN students joined the group (70% of the student cohort). A solution-focussed orientation underpinned the management of the group.

Methods: A descriptive, online survey was administered following release of students' results for the final assessment item to assess students' perceptions of how effective the group had been in helping them learn. The survey contained both quantitative and qualitative questions. Responses were received from 89 students (24%). Survey data were analysed descriptively and qualitative data were analysed thematically by the academic team.

Results: Students perceived the group to be an innovative method of study support that guided learning by enhancing self-efficacy in their learning. Students also described how it was useful in promoting peer learning and engaging with academics.

Conclusions: Social media platforms such as Facebook have the potential to enhance students' self-efficacy in learning and can support students to develop their learning to a deeper level.
Keyword Facebook
Learning tool
Nursing students
Social media
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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