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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61

Postgraduate students' perspective on using Twitter as a learning resource in higher education

1 Department of Community Medicine, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Melaka, Malaysia
2 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
3 Department of HIV and AIDS, Ministry of Health, Lilongwe, Malawi
4 General Practitioner, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia
5 Maternal and Child Health Department, Alexandria Fever Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt

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Mila Nu Nu Htay
Department of Community Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Jalan Batu Hampar, Bukit Baru, 75150 Melaka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_321_18

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CONTEXT: In the era of technology, social networking has become a platform for the teaching–learning process. Exploring international students' perspective on using Twitter would reveal the barriers and potential for its use in higher educational activities. AIMS: This study aimed to explore the postgraduate students' perspective on using Twitter as a learning resource. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted as part of a postgraduate program at a university in the United Kingdom. A focus group discussion and five in-depth interviews were conducted after receiving the informed consent. The qualitative data were analyzed by R package for Qualitative Data Analysis software. ANALYSIS USED: Deductive content analysis was used in this study. RESULTS: Qualitative analysis revealed four salient themes, which were (1) background knowledge about Twitter, (2) factors influencing the usage of Twitter, (3) master's students' experiences on using Twitter for education, and (4) potential of using Twitter in the postgraduate study. The students preferred to use Twitter for sharing links and appreciated the benefit on immediate dissemination of information. Meanwhile, privacy concern, unfamiliarity, and hesitation to participate in discussion discouraged the students from using Twitter as a learning platform. CONCLUSIONS: Using social media platforms in education could be challenging for both the learners and the educators. Our study revealed that Twitter was mainly used for social communication among postgraduate students however most could see a benefit of using Twitter for their learning if they received adequate guidance on how to use the platform. The multiple barriers to using Twitter were mainly related to unfamiliarity which should be addressed early in the learning process.

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