ISBN: 978-981-11-3671-9 DOI: 10.18178/wcse.2017.06.111
Experimental Evaluation of a Socially-enhanced Collaborative Learning Tool Based on the Facebook Platform
Abstract— Facebook was conceived with a social purpose but, in the last few years, its influence over
collaborative learning processes has been broadly studied. However, there is no consensus about its positive
or negative impact on the academic performance of students. In this scenario, our intention is to customize
social media for collaborative learning through the construction of a Facebook application. This is an original
idea since no other studies, found in the area, consider customizing Facebook for the actual coupling of social
media with learning tools. This way, we intend to fill in the existing gap between Facebook and collaborative
learning in higher education. In this paper, we present the results of a quantitative evaluation of the impact of
a socially-enhanced collaborative learning tool on the students’ performance. An experiment was carried out
during one month. 69 students of Software Engineering participated in the study. The obtained results
suggest that the improvement of the students’ performance is significant when a custom Facebook
application, designed for collaborative learning programs, is used. This findings are statistically supported by
a P-value of 2,84x10-4. Nevertheless, a broader study should be carried out in order to elucidate the latent
constructs involved in these dynamics.
Index Terms— Colaborative learning, Facebook, information management system quantitative evaluation.
Félix Fernández-Peña, Pilar Urrutia-Urrutia
Universidad Técnica de Ambato, ECUADOR
Cite: Félix Fernández-Peña, Pilar Urrutia-Urrutia, "Experimental Evaluation of a Socially-enhanced Collaborative Learning Tool Based on the Facebook Platform," Proceedings of 2017 the 7th International Workshop on Computer Science and Engineering, pp. 637-643, Beijing, 25-27 June, 2017.