Proceedings of the 2022 AIS SIGED International Conference on Information Systems Education and Research
AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE UTILISATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO FOSTER TEAM COLLABORATION IN A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges with subsequent opportunities to teach innovative ways of team collaboration. One example is the utilisation of social media to foster online team collaboration. This study investigates the use of Discord by students, a social media platform originally developed for online gamers, to collaborate virtually to complete project team tasks. The research question – what role a social media tool, namely Discord, plays in fostering team collaboration – was investigated using a qualitative, interpretative approach. Topic modeling identified ten themes, with the most vital theme indicating that students initially used Discord due to the academic requirement but later extensively used the platform because of its convenience and usefulness. Most students continued to use Discord even after completing their studies. While the main reason for adopting the tool was convenience due to peers using the platform, it became a logical and practical platform to communicate with friends, work on completing tasks together, and as a result, create a strong sense of belonging.
Eybers, Sunet; Steyn, Adriana Aletta; and Botha, Adriana JM, "AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE UTILISATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO FOSTER TEAM COLLABORATION IN A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION" (2022). Proceedings of the 2022 AIS SIGED International Conference on Information Systems Education and Research. 12.