This paper aims to better understand the experiences of the youth with the tapping of social media like YouTube videos and Facebook for learning. The youth of the 21stcentury has better autonomy of time, choice of what to learn, how to learn and when to learn with such large depositories of information and data around them with the leveraging of YouTube videos and the Facebook application. This paper is also interested in finding out the problems and issues with the leveraging of social media and networking applications for learning. Hence, what must be considered here though is not the shifting ground in relation to definitional aspects but the exploration of the media and social networking applications within education and pedagogic possibilities. Using a qualitative method of semi-structure interviews with a case study of keen participants of youth, whose age ranges from 18 to early 20s, from a particular polytechnic and a University in Singapore, this papers seeks to explore and understand the learning experiences of youth with the leveraging of YouTube and Facebook for learning. From the data, the youth indicated they could learn informally about ‘'knowledge of the world" and on ‘'life's experiences'', using the YouTube videos and in the networking of friends with Facebook, which extended beyond the boundaries of the classroom and the textbook. However, the youth also experienced the problems of distractions and being ‘'mis-informed" by the abundance of sometimes unreliable information, thus rendering the use of the social media and networking applications as unsuitable pedagogical tools for formal learning in schools.
Michelle Mei Ling Yeo, Monash University, Australia
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