Date of Award

Spring 3-15-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Science in Information Systems


Business and Information Systems

First Advisor

Wayne Pauli

Second Advisor

Daniel Talley

Third Advisor

Kari Forbes-Boyte


The purpose of this study was to investigate student use of online, social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), E-Learning course content management systems (Blackboard and Desire 2 Learn), and to determine the extent of student participation in each system and the relationship, if any, between these systems. Objectively, this study was designed to: 1) determine if greater E-Learning satisfaction is derived through increased use of online social networking sites; 2) determine, through self-reporting, how much time students with tablet PCs (mobile computers) at Dakota State University and Texas A&M University-Texarkana use social networking during face-to-face class time; and 3) collect data regarding user’s opinion of portals between E-Learning systems and social networks, and vice-versa.