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Social Networking Sites as Formal Learning Environments in Business Education

Journal of Educational Technology & Society Volume 21, Number 4, ISSN 1176-3647 e-ISSN 1176-3647


The central objective of this study is to investigate the extent to which social networking sites can affect learning effectiveness, and to what amount this technology can be used as supplementary elements for existing pedagogy methods prevailing in a developing country. The study used a teaching case research method to investigate the effects of Social Networking Sites (SNS) usage on learning outcomes of students in higher education setting in Pakistan. The central hypothesis developed in this study was that, using social networking sites in higher education enhance students' interest, which ultimately increases their satisfaction and perceived learning performance. These effects are further boosted in the presence of instructor's support. The results confirmed that Social Networking Sites (SNS) hold a place in teaching and learning in higher education. The study provides a way to maximize the impact of the existing technologies, by providing an understanding of how the different technological tools and learning can impeccably be incorporated in higher education.


Ellahi, A. (2018). Social Networking Sites as Formal Learning Environments in Business Education. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 21(4), 64-75. Retrieved December 1, 2020 from .

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