IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(1): 11-17 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.1.142

The Role of Social Media for Instructional Purposes

Nithiwadee Kosarassawadee, Aungkana Sukweses, and Chaiwat Tantarangsee
Abstract—The purposes of this study are to find out functions achieved in social media-based activities for instructional purposes, and the faculty members’ opinions towards the use of social media for such purposes. Samples include 31 faculty members, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU), Bangkok, Thailand. A questionnaire is used to collect data. The study discloses 3 functions achieved in social media-based activities for instructional purposes with average time consumption of more than 5 times a week, namely retrieving contents for classroom instruction from websites and YouTube followed by presenting contents from websites and YouTube in classroom instruction, and communicating with students through Line. Moreover, the opinions of the samples towards the use of social media for instructional purposes indicate their perceived value of the usefulness of such media. The opinions with highest mean scores include delivering information, and contents to students followed by satisfying students’ need to be tech-savvy, and facilitating communication and collaboration among teachers and students. It can be concluded that the faculty members perceive the technology usefulness of social media and make use of it to develop information retrieval skills and online relationships.

Index Terms—Social media-based activities, social media for instructional purposes, tech-savvy, and the online community of inquiry.

The authors are with English Language Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand (e-mail: nithiwaseek@yahoo.com, aungko_su@ssru.ac.th, ceewattantar@yahoo.com).

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Cite:Nithiwadee Kosarassawadee, Aungkana Sukweses, and Chaiwat Tantarangsee, "The Role of Social Media for Instructional Purposes," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 11-17, 2018.

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