Using Social Networking Tools for Teaching and Learning: A Perspective of University Lecturers and Students

  • Francis OttoEmail author
  • Shirley Williams
  • Karsten Øster Lundqvist
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 160)


The use of online social networking tools (SNTs) has become commonplace within higher education. In this paper a definition and a typology of educational affordance of social networking service (SNS) are presented. The paper also explores the educational affordances whilst examining how university lecturers and students use SNTs to support their educational activities. The data presented here were obtained through a survey in which 38 participants from three universities took part; two universities in Uganda and one in the United Kingdom. The results show that Facebook is the most popular tool with 75 % of participants having profiles. Whilst most participants perceived the educational significance of these tools, social affordances remain more pronounced compared to pedagogical and technological affordances. The limitations of this study have also been discussed.


Social networking tools Social networking services Online social networks Educational affordance Typology E-learning Students Lecturers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Otto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shirley Williams
    • 1
  • Karsten Øster Lundqvist
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Systems EngineeringUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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