Some professors still prefer older methods of communication with students
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/20/2013 -- Social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have been considered ubiquitous with the average person's social life for the past two or three years now. And according to a new study from Educational Forum, it can be a nearly-inseparable part of one's academic life as well.
A new study from The Educational Forum of University of Illinois recently reported the use of the social media networks in colleges and universities across the country.
The study focused on the use of Twitter, and found that there are over 200 million active users between the ages of 18 and 29.
“Young people’s varied use of Twitter in learning settings was found to support a number of positive educational outcomes, including increased student engagement, active learning, improved relationship between students and instructors, and higher grades,” the report outlined.
When it came to professors outlooks on the social media usage, views were mixed and uncertain.
NYU Sociology of Education professor Floyd Hammack admitted that there is still no surefire and comprehensive understanding of social media sites in the class. He states he prefers to utilize older forms of communication such as email and course management systems that were set up prior to the widespread use of social media.
“I use Blackboard … extensively, creating groups students use to communicate on projects and I email to class members often with news articles or other material relevant to the class.”
The director of the journalism program at the City College of New York, Professor Linda Villarosa, was more adamant about using social media in the classroom.
“Social networking is an excellent tool for students,” she said “I encourage students to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to find story ideas and sources…insist[ing] that they create about.me and linkedin profiles to show their work, network, and make connections that will be helpful for finding internships and after graduation.”
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