Using Smartphones and Facebook in a Major Assessment: The student experience

Elisa Backer


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of an alternative form of assessment employing new technology, such as smartphones and Facebook which are two modern tools that are rapidly increasing in popularity and application in the business environment. This paper adopts an experimental approach to examine whether these technologies could not only provide students with relevant skills but also increase their learning experience. Eleven out of the 12 students reported that the use of smartphones and Facebook increased their motivation, independent learning and sense of responsibility. The implications from this paper are that integrating new technologies into assessment was beneficial to students who had experience with the new technology, however, not all students were capable of using the technology and this requires further work when implementing new technology.


Smartphones, Assessment, Student experience, Social media

APA Citation

Backer, E. (2010). Using smartphones and Facebook in a major assessment: The student experience. E-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching, 4, 19-31.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Technology-enhanced
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication e-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching
Type of Research Qualitative
Research Design Interviews
Intervention/Areas of Study Social media
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest Satisfaction
Student Sample Size 0-99
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