Archive for the ‘Social Media’ Category

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership

This paper reports the results from a mixed methods study of recent college graduates who were asked if and why they used blogs as sources for continued learning purposes. Findings are based on 1,651 online survey responses and 63 follow-up telephone interviews with young graduates from 10 U.S. colleges and universities. Despite the media’s declarations […]

The Use of Social Media in E-Learning: A Metasynthesis

The adoption of social media in e-learning signals the end of distance education as we know it in higher education. However, it appears to have very little impact on the way in which open and distance learning (ODL) institutions are functioning. Earlier research suggests that a significant part of the explanation for the slow uptake […]

How student teachers engage in blogging international experience in wikispaces? (Full Text in Spanish)

80 student teachers of three universities (from Australia, Chile and England) lived a collaborative working in international virtual group using wikispaces, divided in 17 groups conformed by two students from each university. They resolved the question: what is an effective learning environment for students in our contemporary world? Given five dot points agreed by all […]

FreeBook From Routledge: Social Media in the Library (Registration Required)

Using social media effectively enables libraries to connect with users in a space that they already occupy, while bringing added value to existing activities. This FreeBook thus provides library practitioners and students of Library and Information Science (LIS) with suggestions on how librarians, and academics, can use social media to improve audience engagement, create a […]

New Georgia Tech Research May Help Combat Abusive Online Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Computing have come up with a novel computational approach that could provide a more cost- and resource-effective way for internet communities to moderate abusive content. Georgia Tech

Social-Media Messages Are Becoming More Complex, and Nobody Knows Why

Sociologists have long puzzled over why IQ scores have risen dramatically. Now the complexity of social messages is increasing, too. MIT Technology Review 

Challenging Teachers’ Pedagogic Practice and Assumptions about Social Media

This article describes an innovative approach to professional development designed to challenge teachers’ pedagogic practice and assumptions about educational technologies such as social media. Developing effective technology-related professional development for teachers can be a challenge for institutions and facilitators who provide this support. To contend with this challenge, we drew on Bain’s (2004) “baker’s dozen” […]

Faculty: 7 ways to avoid social media mistakes

Faculty discuss recommendations for navigating the informal waters of social network connections with students and alumni. eCampus News

Facebook, an Online Learning Platform?

New Facebook features intended for developers could, if expanded, turn the social networking site into an online learning platform. Inside Higher Ed

Networked Scholarship and Motivations for Social Media use in Scholarly Communication

Research on scholars’ use of social media suggests that these sites are increasingly being used to enhance scholarly communication by strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration among peers, publishing and sharing research products, and discussing research topics in open and public formats. However, very few studies have investigated perceptions and attitudes towards social media use for scholarly […]