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The role of social media in higher education classes (real and virtual) - A literature review

Published on Sep 1, 2013in Computers in Human Behavior 3.54
· DOI :10.1016/j.chb.2012.12.032
Paul A. Tess1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UMN: University of Minnesota)
Abstract The ubiquity of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) is no more apparent than at the university. Social media are increasingly visible in higher education settings as instructors look to technology to mediate and enhance their instruction as well as promote active learning for students. Many scholars argue for the purposeful integration of social media as an educational tool. Empirical evidence, however, has lagged in supporting the claim. Most of the existing research on the utility and effectiveness of social media in the higher education class is limited to self-reported data (e.g., surveys, questionnaires) and content analyses. This paper summarizes the scholarly writings as well as reviews the findings of empirical investigations. Some limitations are discussed, and future areas of research are proposed.
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Published on Nov 1, 2012in Computers in Human Behavior 3.54
Jomon Aliyas Paul13
Estimated H-index: 13
(KSU: Kennesaw State University),
Hope M. Baker3
Estimated H-index: 3
(KSU: Kennesaw State University),
Justin D. Cochran3
Estimated H-index: 3
(KSU: Kennesaw State University)
Online social networks (OSNs) have permeated all generations of Internet users, becoming a prominent communications tool, particularly in the student community. Thus, academic institutions and faculty are increasingly using social networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to connect with current and potential students and to deliver instructional content. This has led to a rise in questions about the impact of OSN on academic performance and the possibility of using it as an effective tea...
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Published on Nov 1, 2012in Computers in Education
Ayesha Sadaf8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Purdue University),
Timothy J. Newby21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Purdue University),
Peggy A. Ertmer37
Estimated H-index: 37
(Purdue University)
This qualitative study explored pre-service teachers' behavioral, normative, and control beliefs regarding their intentions to use Web 2.0 technologies in their future classrooms. The Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) was used as the theoretical framework (Ajzen, 1991) to understand these beliefs and pre-service teachers' intentions for why they want to use Web 2.0 technologies. According to Ajzen's TPB, the behavioral beliefs are based on attitude toward outcomes or consequences of using Web 2.0...
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Published on Sep 1, 2012in British Journal of Educational Technology 2.73
Guy Merchant18
Estimated H-index: 18
(SHU: Sheffield Hallam University)
Mobile phones have rapidly been absorbed into the fabric of our day-to-day lives. They are now a key consumer item, a symbol of social capital and they connect their users to a mobile web with multiple applications. As ownership and access to smartphones has spread into the teenage years, their place in institutions of formal education has been marked by contention. The dominant view that mobiles have no place in the classroom has recently been contested by educators, such as Parry, who suggest ...
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Published on Sep 1, 2012in New Directions for Teaching and Learning
Bree McEwan9
Estimated H-index: 9
(WIU: Western Illinois University)
This chapter explores the use of social media in the higher education classroom highlighting potential issues for student–faculty boundary management and providing suggestions for praxis.
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Published on Sep 1, 2012in Computers in Education
Sue Bennett26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UOW: University of Wollongong),
Andrea G. Bishop20
Estimated H-index: 20
(CSU: Charles Sturt University)
+ 2 AuthorsGregor Kennedy29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Melbourne)
Web 2.0 technologies are becoming more popular in the everyday lives of students. As a result, teachers and designers have begun to explore their use in formal education. This paper presents evaluation findings from a collective case study of six Web 2.0 implementations in Australian higher education. The research was undertaken as part of a larger study that sought to understand how today's students use information and communication technologies to support their learning. Conducted across three...
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Published on Aug 28, 2012in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 1.40
Christopher Irwin9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Griffith University),
Lauren Ball15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Griffith University)
+ 1 AuthorsMichael Leveritt27
Estimated H-index: 27
(UQ: University of Queensland)
Facebook is a popular platform that may facilitate learning activities at university. In this study, students’ perceptions of using ‘Facebook pages’ within individual university subject offerings were evaluated. Individual ‘Facebook pages’ were developed for four university courses and used to provide information relevant to the courses and allow opportunities for student interaction. An initial questionnaire administered in the first lecture of semester indicated that nearly all students (n=161...
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Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 1.86
Norm Friesen16
Estimated H-index: 16
(TRU: Thompson Rivers University),
S. Lowe2
Estimated H-index: 2
(TRU: Thompson Rivers University)
Facebook and other social media have been hailed as delivering the promise of new, socially engaged educational experiences for students in undergraduate, self-directed, and other educational sectors. A theoretical and historical analysis of these media in the light of earlier media transformations, however, helps to situate and qualify this promise. Specifically, the analysis of dominant social media presented here questions whether social media platforms satisfy a crucial component of learning...
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Published on May 1, 2012in British Journal of Educational Technology 2.73
Qiyun Wang14
Estimated H-index: 14
(NIE: National Institute of Education),
Huay Lit Woo4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NIE: National Institute of Education)
+ 2 AuthorsMei Liu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(LYU: Linyi University)
Facebook is a popular social networking site. It, like many other new technologies, has potential for teaching and learning because of its unique built-in functions that offer pedagogical, social and technological affordances. In this study, the Facebook group was used as a learning management system (LMS) in two courses for putting up announcements, sharing resources, organizing weekly tutorials and conducting online discussions at a teacher education institute in Singapore. This study explores...
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Published on Apr 2, 2012in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 1.40
Patient Rambe9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of the Free State)
While research literature affirms the potential for social networking sites (SNSs) to democratise communication, their impact on micro-level, academic relations at university level has not been explored sufficiently in developing countries. The literature on SNSs (especially Facebook ) has emphasised its appropriation for the marketing of university programs to prospective students and enhancing institutional-level contact between university administration and students. As such, the impact of SN...
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Published on Mar 21, 2012
Tanya Joosten1
Estimated H-index: 1
Tap into the power of social media and increase course effectiveness! Faculty will learn to choose the appropriate social media tool for the intended learning outcome, design engaging and innovative activities, and better meet pedagogical needs. In addition, the author offers strategies for assessing and documenting the effectiveness of using these tools in your course. Administrators and student affairs professionals will also find a wealth of information useful for planning faculty development...
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Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Massachusetts Lowell)
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Published on Nov 15, 2018in Higher Education 1.94
Weiwei Yan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WHU: Wuhan University),
Yin Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(KSU: Kent State University)
Academic social networking sites are important communication tools commonly used by scholars. In order to obtain an understanding of how scholars at US higher education institutions utilize these sites, this study took ResearchGate (RG) as an example and collected data from 168,059 users from 61 US higher education institutions at three research activity levels as defined by the Carnegie Classification. A hierarchical cluster analysis was conducted, and four clusters of institutions with differe...
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Anuja Arora6
Estimated H-index: 6
(JIIT: Jaypee Institute of Information Technology),
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Estimated H-index: 1
+ 2 AuthorsYogesh Kumar Dwivedi46
Estimated H-index: 46
(Swansea University)
Abstract The growth of social media has completely revamped the way people interact, communicate and engage. These platforms play a key role in facilitating greater outreach and influence. This study proposes a mechanism for measuring the influencer index across popular social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A set of features that determine the impact on the consumers are modelled using a regression approach. The underlying machine learning algorithms including Ordina...
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Puvaneswary Murugaiah5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Universiti Sains Malaysia),
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Estimated H-index: 2
(Universiti Sains Malaysia)
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Published on Dec 21, 2017in Information Development 0.91
Joshua Sani Magoi1
Estimated H-index: 1
Yanti Idaya Aspura Mohd Khalid3
Estimated H-index: 3
Abrizah Abdullah13
Estimated H-index: 13
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