CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
e-ISSN: 1309-517X
The Influence of Social Media Networks on Learning Performance and Students’ Perceptions of Their Use in Education: A Literature Review

Abdullah S. Alshalawi 1 *

CONT ED TECHNOLOGY, Volume 14, Issue 4, Article No: ep378

https://doi.org/10.30935/cedtech/12164

Submitted: 01 August 2021, Published Online: 16 June 2022

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Abstract

The purpose of the current study is to provide a synthesis review of previous social media networks studies and to elaborate on the influence of social media networks on learning performance. The study analyzed 130 articles on social media networks that were published by five major journals in the field of educational technology in the last decade. It summarizes demographic, methodological, and theoretical trends, including educational level, learning domain, country context, research methods, data collection tools, data analysis techniques, and research purpose, followed by a summary of the influence of social media networks on student learning performance and students’ perceptions toward the use of social media networks in learning. The findings show that more than two thirds of the reviewed articles studies were conducted in higher education institutes, college students were the most common participants in these studies, and most of the learning performance focus articles reported a positive influence of social media networks on learning performance. Students recognize and value the learning benefits of social media networks on the majority of the reviewed articles. Patterns in these articles are discussed in order to better understand the research and identify gaps that need to be filled by future studies.

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