ERIC Number: EJ1029650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Student Use of Social Media: When Should the University Intervene?
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v36 n3 p241-256 2014
The phenomenal growth in the use of social media in the past 10 years has dramatically and irreversibly changed the way individuals communicate and interact with one another. While there are undoubtedly many positives arising out of the use of social media, irresponsible or inappropriate use can have significant negative consequences. In the university setting, comments posted on widely accessible forums such as Facebook, and seen by other students or staff, can damage reputations, create personal distress and compromise academic integrity. So how should universities deal with this problem? This article describes the findings of a research project undertaken in 2011 to address this question. Given that many students would regard their Facebook pages and Facebook groups as their own private space, one of the key goals of the project was to establish appropriate limits for university interference in these matters. Another was to develop a categorisation model for dealing with inappropriate or irresponsible comments that have been detected or reported.
Descriptors: College Students, Social Networks, Mass Media Use, Information Policy, Reputation, Student Behavior, Interpersonal Communication, Mass Media Effects, Web 2.0 Technologies, Web Sites, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Criticism, Freedom of Speech, Privacy, Feedback (Response), School Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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