The study examines how the use of online social networking sites can help social and academic integration among students who are living off campus. Research has shown that students who live off campus during the academic year experience greater difficulty with social integration, particularly in their first year. A survey was distributed among a cohort of 370 first year undergraduate students, measuring their sense of belonging to the institution and their attitudes towards student life. Students who lived on campus and who used social networking sites reported stronger sense of belonging than students living off campus. A significant interaction effect indicated that using social networking sites reduced the difference in sense of belonging between students living on and off campus. Scores on the attitude scale were significantly related to sense of belonging. The results suggest the use of online networking can aid social integration among students who do not have the advantage of the face-to-face interaction that takes place in residential life on campus.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications|
|Publisher||Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||World Conference on Educational Media and Technology - Toronto, Canada|
Duration: 29 Jun 2010 → …
|Conference||World Conference on Educational Media and Technology|
|Period||29/06/10 → …|
Bartle, C., Dorum, K., & Pennington, M. (2010). The Effect of Online Social Networking on Facilitating Sense of Belonging among University Students Living Off Campus. In Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 529-535). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.