Pedagogical Innovation within Facebook: A Case Study in Tertiary Education in Palestine


  • Khitam Yousuf Shraim Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie



Facebook, Digital native learners, Social constructivist approach, Social interaction, Student-centred learning.


The proliferation of Facebook use among students and teachers has created a new learning culture by providing innovative ways for teachers to enable learners to engage actively in different learning activities. This paper investigates the potential use of the Facebook social network site to support faculty in implementing a social constructivist approach to facilitate student-centred learning. To alleviate problems arising from poor student engagement in large classes, 240 students from An-Najah National University, Palestine, enrolled in four sections of an undergraduate Educational Technology course, were encouraged to participate in a number of formative activities through Facebook. A mixed-methods case study approach was followed. The quantitative data from a questionnaire were analyzed and triangulated alongside the qualitative analysis of the content analysis of postings on the Facebook group page and classroom observation. The results show that the technological affordances of Facebook have a very valuable role in facilitating a constructive approach by faculty members. A majority of students showed a positive attitude to learning via Facebook, being provided with more opportunities to engage personally, communicate and work collaboratively, helping them to construct their own learning and develop 21st century skills for life and learning through social interaction. The key to the successful implementation of social networking is initiating institutional change to facilitate the dissemination of the new pedagogical culture.

Author Biography

Khitam Yousuf Shraim, Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie

I am an assistant professor in Educational Technology - Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie. Currently, I am a Fulbright fellow at The University of California- Irvine, USA. I am one of the Founding Directors of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the e-Learning Unit at An-Najah National University, Palestine. My research interests revolve around promoting creative learning and innovative teaching in higher education, particularly in the area of technology-enhanced educational change include mobile learning, social online learning , the use of emerging technologies in education and training, and the use of ICT for Education for All. I have published many papers and presented workshops and seminars in many national and international conferences.




How to Cite

Shraim, K. Y. (2014). Pedagogical Innovation within Facebook: A Case Study in Tertiary Education in Palestine. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(8), pp. 25–31.