Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Ronald Hansen


Social Networking Sites (SNS), like Facebook are very popular among college

students and are used for social activities like communicating with friends and posting photos. The Learning Management System (LMS) has also become popular on campus and is used academic related purposes like checking grades and submitting assignments. The purpose of this study was to better understand the usage of SNSs at Fanshawe College. The guiding question for this study was: What are the perceptions of students regarding the need for social networking services? A case study approach using mixed methods was selected for this research.

The research indicates students have four main perceptions regarding the need for SNS services: 1) students’ online social and academic lives are to be kept separate 2) students’ personal information needs to be protected 3) the LMS is for teaching and learning 4) students need to stay connected to their social networks 24/7.



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