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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 16, No. 1 (2020) open journal systems 

Social Media Usage for Computing Education: The Effect of Tie Strength and Group Communication on Perceived Learning Outcome

Friday Joseph Agbo, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Olayemi Olawumi, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Sunday Adewale Olaleye, University of Oulu, Finland
Emmanuel Awuni Kolog, University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
Solomon Sunday Oyelere, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Richard O. Agjei , University of Central Nicaragua Medical Center, Nicaragua
Dandison C. Ukpabi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Abdullahi Abubakar Yunusa, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Saheed A. Gbadegeshin, University of Turku, Finland
Luqman Awoniyi, University of Turku, Finland
Kehinde O. Erinle, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Emmanuel Mogaji, University of Greenwich Maritime, UK
Aziaka Duabari Silas, Cranfield University, UK
Chijioke E. Nwachukwu, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Adedayo Olawuni, Irish College of General Practitioner / Health Service Executive, Ireland

Social media has become an important platform where users share, comment, discuss, communicate, interact, and play games. Aside from using social media for personal, social, and business purposes, the use of social media has gained attention, particularly for collaborative learning in the educational arena. This paper examines the role of social media in computing education based on the use of WhatsApp social media group. Additionally, the study explores how social media usage by students influence their perceived learning outcomes. Given these aims, the study formulated four research hypotheses and tested using Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modelling. With the participants of three hundred and thirteen (n=313) students, the study found a positive relationship between social media usage for computing education and perceived learning outcome. What is more, the study found a linear relationship between communication in-group and perceived learning outcome. Finally, the study reveals that social media positively relates to tie strength, and the tie strength influence communication in-group.

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