THE UTILIZATION OF A CROSS-PLATFORM MESSAGING APP AS SUPPORTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING AND LEARNING.

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Date: Summer 2021
From: College Student Journal(Vol. 55, Issue 2)
Publisher: Project Innovation Austin LLC
Document Type: Report
Length: 2,546 words
Lexile Measure: 1340L

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With the advent of internet technologies, students are increasingly turning towards social media and cross-platform messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Line and WeChat to support their learning processes. Although each messaging app has varying features, Whatsapp remains one of the most popular cross-platform apps that allow for fast, simple, secure messaging and free calls anytime, anywhere. There could be peer to peer learning and a lecturer will be able to share knowledge digitally via the creation of Whatsapp Groups. Content analysis techniques were utilized to analyze data collected by closed-ended question forms. Studies demonstrated that 98.8% of college students from the Monash University Foundation Year agreed that the employment of Whatsapp Groups was helpful as a learning tool. Approximately 71.3% disagreed that notifications and alerts from the Whatsapp Group was a disruption in their studies. Students commented that they could silence the notifications and hence, it would not disturb their flow of thoughts. An overwhelming majority of students (95.0%) found it enjoyable to participate in Whatsapp Groups for educational purposes. Overall, the utilization of Whatsapp Groups as a supportive technology in teaching and learning should be implemented in all classes to continuously engage our Internet Generation of students in the ever-changing digital landscape. Keywords: Education, learning, cross-platform, messaging app, technology, Whatsapp groups.

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