Improving Online Learning with Facebook and Physiological Sensors
With over 900 million users, Facebook is by far the most popular social network, especially on college campuses. However, the potential of social networks as learning tools is only just being realized. Little empirical, non-self-reported data on the usability of Facebook is available to researchers, and so it is difficult to determine which aspects of using Facebook make it so engaging and appealing, and furthermore, it is unclear which of these elements could be useful to integrate into learning environments. With this in mind, this study asks undergraduate students to browse the site in a lab setting, using talk-alouds in conjunction with high-fidelity physiological sensors. By recording where students’ eyes are focused while using Facebook, the emotions they experience, and the actual content they view, this study aims to 1) provide a unique empirical baseline for undergraduate Facebook use; and 2) investigate which elements of the Facebook experience could be leveraged in online learning environments.
You can read more about this project in the following articles:
Stenger, M. (2013). ASU Researchers Study Facebook to Increase Student Motivation in Online Learning. InformED. http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/news/asu-researchers-study-facebook-to-increase-student-motivation-in-online-learning-6012/
Ringle, H. (2013). ASU studying how online learning can be as appealing as Facebook. Phoenix Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2013/10/09/asu-studying-how-online-learning-can.html
Grega, K. (2013). Students research connections between Facebook, online learning. The State Press. http://www.statepress.com/2013/10/23/students-research-connections-between-facebook-online-learning/