The Use and Perception of Social Networking Sites among Malaysian University Students: A Pilot Study

By Afendi Hamat, Mohamed Amin Embi and Haslinda Abu Hassan.

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Social networking sites (SNS) have been gaining attention in educational circles as a new frontier to explore, most commonly with the hope that these sites could be harnessed for educational purposes. However, as a relatively recent phenomenon, there remains a lot that needs to be investigated if educators are to understand and make use of SNS. This paper describes a pilot study of students’ perception and use of SNS among Malaysian university students. The subjects are 37 students from a social science faculty in Malaysia. An online survey is administered to these respondents and they took notes of items that need to be improved for better understanding. The results indicate that students are split on the idea of using SNS for learning and their usage patterns seem to suggest they view the sites as primarily social, and not learning, platforms. The respondents also made suggestions for improvements to the survey instrument before the survey is deployed nationwide.

Keywords: Social Networking, Malaysian Students

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.153-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.661KB).

Dr. Afendi Hamat

Senior Lecturer, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Afendi Hamat is a senior lecturer at the Pusat Pengajian Bahasa dan Linguistik, FSSK, UKM. His research areas are e-learning and web-based CALL. He has published in both local and international journals on the subjects that he specializes in. He has also developed various e-learning platforms for experimental purposes such as the Second Language Instruction and Management System (SLIM) and the intelligent English Language Literacy System (i-ELLS).

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Deputy Director (e-Learning), Centre for Academic Advancement, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Mohamed Amin is a Professor of Technology-enhanced Learning at the Faculty of Education, UKM. He is the recepient of ISESCO Science Laureate 2010 & National Academic Award 2006.

Haslinda Abu Hassan

Research Assistant, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, BandarBaru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia


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