Breaching Learners’ Social Distancing through Social Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335609

Citation

Asghar, M.Z.; Iqbal, A.; Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, P.; Barbera, E. Breaching Learners’ Social Distancing through Social Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11012.

Title: Breaching Learners’ Social Distancing through Social Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Author: Asghar, Muhammad Zaheer; Iqbal, Ayesha; Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita; Barbera, Elena
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Date: 2021-10-20
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335609
Abstract: Higher education has been shifted toward blended learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. An increase in social media usage intensity and reduced face-to-face interaction due to the COVID-19 pandemic urged instructional communication researchers to revisit the dynamics of learners’ group development in terms of their socialization and academic performance during the COVID-19 crisis. This research aimed to determine the mediating role of social media sociability between face-to-face socialization and academic performance of higher education students in blended learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also the aim of the study to determine the moderating effect of social media usage intensity on social media sociability. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with the students (<i>n</i> = 340) enrolled in science teacher education departments of universities in Pakistan. Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was used for multivariate analysis. Results revealed that face-to-face socialization gave an essential start to develop a learning group. However, when face-to-face socialization was reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was mediated by social media usage in blended learning environments to increase their socialization and academic performance during the crisis. The findings of the study are useful for higher education institutions to adopt social media strategies for students’ socialization during the crisis.


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
ijerph-18-11012-v2.pdf 1.540Mb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record