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Being knowledge, power and profession subordinates: Students' perceptions of Twitter for learning

Published on Apr 1, 2017in Internet and Higher Education5.28
· DOI :10.1016/j.iheduc.2016.12.002
Natasa Lackovic3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Lancaster University),
Roger Kerry11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Nottingham)
+ 1 AuthorsTony Lowe3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Nottingham)
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Abstract
Further conceptualisations are needed that consider students' actual engagement with and perceptions of Twitter for learning. To address this gap, an optional Twitter learning activity was created for a UK-based cohort of Year 1 Physiotherapy students. However, students did not contribute in this medium. Forty-three participating students were surveyed, and two focus groups held. These methods explored: 1) the frequency of student self-initiated use of social media, focusing on Twitter, 2) students' perceptions of Twitter, and 3) factors that would discourage or facilitate students' use of Twitter for learning. Results suggest students perceive Twitter as a platform where student knowledge and power is subordinated to leading Twitter users from relevant disciplines or professions, but also as a platform for enhancing career/business. To this end, a ‘digital information activation’ (Dig-Info-Act) pedagogy for social media is suggested: that is, a pedagogical orientation towards a critical analysis of and acting upon social media information.
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Charles Knight2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Edge Hill University),
Linda K. Kaye11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Edge Hill University)
The emergence of social media as a new channel for communication and collaboration has led educators to hope that they may enhance the student experience and provide a pedagogical tool within Higher Education (HE). This paper explores academics’ and undergraduates’ usage of Twitter within a post-92 university. It argues that the observed disparity of usage between academics and undergraduates can be attributed to a number of factors. Namely, academics’ perceived use of the platform for enhancing...
Published on Jan 2, 2016in Learning, Media and Technology2.37
Neil Selwyn42
Estimated H-index: 42
(Monash University),
Eve Stirling3
Estimated H-index: 3
(SHU: Sheffield Hallam University)
In 2009 we commissioned a special issue of Learning, Media & Technology to explore the issues surrounding education and social media ( … or ‘social software’ as it fleetingly was being referred to at the time). The original call for papers challenged authors to provide empirical perspectives on the emerging ‘messy realities’ of social media, learning and education. The resulting issue of the journal (34, 2) contained some the first detailed accounts of the social, cultural and political dimensio...
Published on Jan 2, 2016in Learning, Media and Technology2.37
Christine Greenhow18
Estimated H-index: 18
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Cathy Lewin16
Estimated H-index: 16
(MMU: Manchester Metropolitan University)
It is argued that social media has the potential to bridge formal and informal learning through participatory digital cultures. Exemplars of sophisticated use by young people support this claim, although the majority of young people adopt the role of consumers rather than full participants. Scholars have suggested the potential of social media for integrating formal and informal learning, yet this work is commonly under-theorized. We propose a model theorizing social media as a space for learnin...
Published on Jan 1, 2016in Educational Technology & Society
María-Carmen Ricoy1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Tiberio Feliz2
Estimated H-index: 2
Introduction Didactic methods incorporating the new technologies are evolving slowly, which is why teachers should also update their skills to include the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Still, these resources are starting to contribute to the promotion of new forms of learning, forming part of a new emerging paradigm involving the construction and production of knowledge in cyberspace. Access to such knowledge makes vast quantities of information available to people, in...
Published on Sep 1, 2015in College student journal
Chris Piotrowski26
Estimated H-index: 26
Abstract The sizeable majority of research findings on educational adaptation of social media (SM) is based on college student samples. A cursory review of the extant literature on the educational use of SM appears to convey an uncritical spirit regarding adaptations of modern Web 2.0 technology. This article examines the issue of whether publication bias is a factor in this emerging research domain. To that end, a keyword search in the database ProQuest, which limited the output for the term so...
Published on Jul 4, 2015in Journal of Further and Higher Education
Jane Seale18
Estimated H-index: 18
(University of Exeter),
Suanne Gibson6
Estimated H-index: 6
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
+ 1 AuthorsAlice E. Potter1
Estimated H-index: 1
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
The focus of this article is methods for facilitating student voice and engagement in higher education, specifically participatory methods. Across the student voice and engagement literature there is a growing emphasis on promoting collaborative partnerships between staff and students. However, there is a lack of detail and criticality with regards to (1) exactly how genuine partnerships can be achieved and (2) comparing the vision for and the reality of positioning ‘students as partners’ in the...
Michael Henderson14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Monash University, Clayton campus),
Neil Selwyn42
Estimated H-index: 42
(Monash University, Clayton campus)
+ 1 AuthorsRachel Aston2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Monash University, Clayton campus)
The much-discussed potential of ‘technology-enhanced learning’ is not always apparent in the day-to-day use of digital technology throughout higher education. Against this background, the present paper considers the digital devices and resources that students engage most frequently with during their university studies, what these technologies are being used for, and perceptions of ‘usefulness’ attached to these uses. The paper draws upon data gathered from a survey of undergraduate students (n =...
Published on Jan 1, 2015in Contemporary Educational Technology
Heather Ross3
Estimated H-index: 3
,
Ryan Banow2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Stan Yu2
Estimated H-index: 2
The purpose of this two-year quantitative study was to determine the usefulness of the micro-blogging tool Twitter in large classes for improving the students’ sense of community and belonging. Three instructors of large classes were recruited to test the outcomes of using Twitter as a learning tool, one each from the Departments of Geography and Psychology, and the College of Nursing. Twitter was used as a learning tool to allow students to engage in discussion and ask questions in real time du...
Published on Jan 1, 2015
Paul Ashwin16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Lancaster University),
Debbie McVitty1
Estimated H-index: 1
(National Union of Students)
Student engagement has increasingly been positioned as a defining characteristic of high quality teaching and learning in higher education. This is because as a concept it can comfortably serve the purposes of various stakeholders across learning and teaching, institutional management, and national policy contexts. However, as many commentators have pointed out, its meaning is not clear. In this chapter, we argue that this is not, as some suggest, due to a lack of criticality on the part of rese...
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Aqdas Malik2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Aalto University),
Cassandra Heyman-Schrum (W&M: College of William & Mary), Aditya Johri15
Estimated H-index: 15
(GMU: George Mason University)
The use of social media across the educational landscape is on the rise. Subsequently, the body of research on this topic is vibrant and growing. In this article, we present findings from a review of 103 peer-reviewed scientific studies published over the last decade (2007–2017) that address the use of Twitter for educational purposes across formal and informal settings. The majority of the studies reported in the literature are descriptive case studies carried out with students in North America...
Published on Nov 15, 2018in Higher Education3.00
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...
Published on Jan 9, 2018in Convergence
Shun Xu (CCNU: Central China Normal University), Harrison Hao Yang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(State University of New York at Oswego)
+ 1 AuthorsSha Zhu3
Estimated H-index: 3
The global emergence of new media and social change have drawn attention to the topic of digital citizenship. Previous literature has examined individuals’ digital citizenship with some determinants of technology use. However, individuals’ level of social media competence (SMC) has not yet been examined in relation to digital citizenship. To increase knowledge of the ingredients that may be important for education programs to improve individuals’ digital citizenship, this study examined SMC and ...
Published on Jun 3, 2019in European Physical Education Review2.00
Antonio Calderón2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UL: University of Limerick),
Lourdes Meroño2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Murcia),
Ann MacPhail6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UL: University of Limerick)
Published on May 7, 2019in Teaching in Higher Education1.72
Mona Sakr4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Middlesex University)
ABSTRACTHow can we make use of image-based social media to develop students’ critical engagement with concepts like equality and diversity? In this paper, I draw on bell hooks’ description of liberatory theorising to discuss findings from a project that involved 60 2nd year BA education students taking and sharing photographs through Instagram as part of their learning on a sociology module underpinned by a critical pedagogy approach. Thematic analysis applied to ten interviews with student part...
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Globalisation, Societies and Education
Janja Komljenovic5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Lancaster University)
Students, academics and university administrators are increasingly using and producing digital platforms, including social media. This paper focuses on LinkedIn to start tackling the question of the effects on higher education as a sector, its actors and the established social practices. It argues that LinkedIn moves beyond the passivity of advertising to its users towards actively structuring digital labour markets, in which it strategically includes universities and its constituents. By introd...
Published on Aug 1, 2018in Journal of Computing in Higher Education1.87
Salih Bardakci2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Gaziosmanpaşa University)
This study explores the perception of exclusion in online social networks by synthesizing the Corresponding Fields Model (Helsper in Commun Theory 22(4):403–426, 2012). The predictors in the model, including access barriers, insecurity, usage competencies, and cultural mismatch, was empirically tested based on data from 480 undergraduate online social networks users in Turkey. Structural equation modeling was employed to assess the association between the predictors and the perceived exclusion i...
Published on Jul 3, 2018in Learning, Media and Technology2.37
Royce Kimmons12
Estimated H-index: 12
(BYU: Brigham Young University),
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University)
+ 1 AuthorsDaniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNT: University of North Texas)
ABSTRACTThis study utilizes public data mining to explore participation divides of all available K-12 institutional Twitter accounts in the U.S. (n = 8275 accounts, n = 9,216,853 tweets). Results indicated that U.S. schools used Twitter to broadcast information on a variety of topics in a unidirectional manner and that hashtags included a variety of intended purposes, including affinity spaces, education topics, emotive language, and events. Those schools in wealthier, more populated areas were ...
Published on Jan 1, 2018
J. Peacock16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Leeds),
Karen L. Bacon7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Leeds)
Students undertook a one-hour urban ecology activity based on the University of Leeds campus. The aims of the session were (1) to help students to link ecological theory to practice and (2) to encourage students to begin to think about and develop an online professional identity. Students were encouraged to tweet throughout the session and were surveyed four weeks after the session to determine if the aims had been met. A majority of students enjoyed the session and saw the links between the the...
Published on Jan 1, 2018
Dena F. Rezaei (A&M: Texas A&M University), Nicola L. Ritter3
Estimated H-index: 3
(A&M: Texas A&M University)
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