UTILIZATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES BY BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS IN NIGERIAN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

Lawrence Femi Ademiluyi, Abosede B. Ademiluyi

Abstract


The proliferation of social media platforms and the high volume of social media subscription by members of the academia demand that researches be conducted to investigate its influence on academic activities among students and teachers. This study examined the influence of social media on academic activities of business education students in colleges of education in Osun State. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. Three research questions guided the study. The study was conducted in the two Colleges of Education in Osun Stateoffering Business Education programme: Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun and Osun State College of Education, Ilesa. The population comprised 154 NCE III students 2018/2019 academic session. No sample was drawn as a census study was conducted. A structured questionnaire with 38 items was used to collect data from the respondents. Mean rating was used to analyze the data collected in order to answer the research questions. The study identified various social media platforms being used by businesseducation teachers and students for academic activities by business education students in colleges of education in Osun State. The study revealed that in spite of a few challenges, social media are being reasonably utilized for teaching and learning and they collectively have salutary influence on academic activities. It was recommended that business education students should be better encouraged to use various social media platforms for academic activities while more functional group chats should be created in order to encourage academic interactions on the social media.

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