Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 32

Volume 32, Issue 3, Pages 213-227

Summer 2021

Investigating Students’ Perception towards the Use of Social Media for Computing Education in Nigeria

Friday J. Agbo
Olayemi Olawumi
Oluwafemi S. Balogun
Ismaila T. Sanusi
University of Eastern Finland
80110 Joensuu, 70211 Kuopio, Finland

Sunday A. Olaleye
University of Oulu
90570 Oulu, Finland

Kissinger Sunday
National Chengchi University
Taipei, Taiwan

Emmanuel A. Kolog
University of Ghana Business School
Accra, Ghana

Donald D. Atsa’am
University of Agriculture
Makurdi, Nigeria

Frank Adusei-Mensah
University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Finland

Ayobami Adegbite
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD 21251, USA

Funmilola W. Ipeayeda
Ajayi Crowther University
Oyo Town, Nigeria

Abstract: This study examined the use of a social media platform – WhatsApp – by computer science students for learning computing education in the context of a Nigerian education institution. Nowadays, a large community of students in higher education institutions has embraced the WhatsApp platform for social interactions which makes it a useful tool in education. In this study, students formed three closed groups, and each group had a specific computing topic they discussed. Their discussions were in the form of posting questions, providing answers to questions, or expressing knowledge on the group topic. A questionnaire was used to collect data from the participants regarding their experiences. We conducted a descriptive analysis of the students’ learning outcomes. The results show that the use of social media contributes positively to students’ learning achievement, and they are motivated to acquire more knowledge about different computing topics.

Keywords: Social media, Computer science education, Computing students, WhatsApp, Social network, Nigeria

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Recommended Citation: Agbo, F. J., Olawumi, O., Balogun, O. S., Sanusi, I. T., Olaleye, S. A., Sunday, K., Kolog, E. A., Atsa’am, D. D., Adusei-Mensah, F., Adegbite, A., & Ipeayeda, F. W. (2021). Investigating Students’ Perception towards the Use of Social Media for Computing Education in Nigeria. Journal of Information Systems Education, 32(3), 213-227.