Social Media Technology as a Disruptive and/or Complementary Technology in Higher Education: A Case Study of Vhembe Further Education Training College-South Africa


Social media technologies are being widely used by students in institutions of higher learning and these are transforming their way of learning, social conduct, communication and networking. Complements and disruptions of social media technologies appear to be blurred in the technologies that are currently on the market. It was with this intend that this research was conducted to determine whether the use of social media technologies by students in higher education are being considered as disruptive or complimentary technologies in the context of further education training college. Another goal of the study was to establish how the students are benefiting from these technologies in a rural environment where technological changes lag behind as compared to urban areas. A random sample of 105 students was involved in the study and theses were obtained from Business/Finance, Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism departments of the institution that was used as study site. Analysis of the collected data was executed through application of a statistical package of SPSS. Findings show that social media technology has infused a new culture of learning among students. In addition, social media applications which are on the increase in usage by students for activities that include studying, access of education content, social communication are Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Youtube.

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Manzira Francis Mungofa, University of Venda, South Africa
Tsvara Peter, University of Venda, South Africa

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Conference: ACSET2014
Stream: Technology and Society: The Social and Societal Impact and Implications of Technology

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