Social Media: An Integration Guideline for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Wei Zakharov, Akesha Horton, Pat Reid, James Willis and Donalee Attardo

Abstract Today’s students bring to class more than just a notebook and pencil. Using social media is now easier than ever before with a multitude of mobile apps and high speed internet, and most importantly, it is almost always free. In this study, researchers surveyed how instructors at Purdue University have used social media tools for personal, professional, and academic purposes. Specifically, we examined how instructors have used social media tools in support of teaching and learning. Issues instructors need to be aware of during implementation of social media for teaching and learning and practical guidelines for social media integration are discussed. Educational technologists as change agents have worked on the underlying issues to alleviate various barriers related to using social media tools in teaching and learning. Trust, privacy, and safety are critical to learning in an open education.

Keywords Social media Guidelines Issues Barriers Change agents

The authors all worked together at Purdue Universitywhen this research was conducted

W. Zakharov (H)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

A. Horton

Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, USA e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

P. Reid

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

J. Willis

Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

D. Attardo

Academic Technologies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

F.-Q. Lai and J.D. Lehman (eds.), Learning and Knowledge Analytics

in Open Education, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-38956-1_12

 
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