E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, Novedrate, Italy, September 16-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

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Students’ Perception of Privacy Risks in Using Social Networking Sites for Learning: A Study of Uganda Christian University

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_23,
        author={Francis Otto and Nurul Badrul and Shirley Williams and Karsten Lundqvist},
        title={Students’ Perception of Privacy Risks in Using Social Networking Sites for Learning: A Study of Uganda Christian University},
        proceedings={E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, Novedrate, Italy, September 16-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ELEOT},
        year={2016},
        month={1},
        keywords={Social networking sites Online social network Privacy risks Learning Students},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_23}
    }
    
  • Francis Otto
    Nurul Badrul
    Shirley Williams
    Karsten Lundqvist
    Year: 2016
    Students’ Perception of Privacy Risks in Using Social Networking Sites for Learning: A Study of Uganda Christian University
    ELEOT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3_23
Francis Otto1,*, Nurul Badrul1,*, Shirley Williams1,*, Karsten Lundqvist1,*
  • 1: University of Reading
*Contact email: f.otto@pgr.reading.ac.uk, n.a.badrul@pgr.reading.ac.uk, shirley.williams@reading.ac.uk, k.o.lundqvist@reading.ac.uk

Abstract

Although social networking sites (SNSs) present a great deal of opportunities to support learning, the privacy risk is perceived by learners as a friction point that affects their full use for learning. Privacy risks in SNSs can be divided into risks that are posed by the SNS provider itself and risks that result from user’s social interactions. Using an online survey questionnaire, this study explored the students’ perception of the benefits in using social networking sites for learning purposes and their perceived privacy risks. A sample of 214 students from Uganda Christian University in Africa was studied. The results show that although 88 % of participants indicated the usefulness of SNSs for learning, they are also aware of the risks associated with these sites. Most of the participants are concerned with privacy risks such as identity theft, cyber bullying, and impersonation that might influence their online learning participation in SNSs.