What do they really think? Higher education students' perceptions of using Facebook and Twitter in formal higher education learning
by Jenny S. Wakefield; Scott J. Warren; Metta Alsobrook; Kim A. Knight
International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments (IJSMILE), Vol. 1, No. 4, 2013

Abstract: Our mixed methods multiphase research reviewed the pros and cons of implementation of social media in formal higher education learning from students' perspective. Student-expressed concerns and preferences are shared. On the positive side we found that social media may facilitate a sense of social learning community and significantly more so (p < .001) if students are already familiar with and using the social media tool. Social media also helps shy students get voice in the classroom. Many students had concerns with privacy if Twitter or Facebook were to be used in the classroom. In particular Facebook was seen as a 'private' outlet; however, if either of these tools were to be used, Facebook was preferred. Through the students, we also found that our communicative actions - our language and the way we write - are changing as dictated by social media.

Online publication date: Fri, 28-Feb-2014

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