ERIC Number: EJ1062974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Using Social Media as a Tool for Learning: A Multi-Disciplinary Study
Delello, Julie A.; McWhorter, Rochell R.; Camp, Kerri M.
International Journal on E-Learning, v14 n2 p163-180 2015
In order to explore the rich dynamics of using social media as a tool for learning within higher education classrooms, researchers across three disciplines: education, human resource development (HRD), and marketing, joined forces seeking ways to focus on learning through a retrospective analysis. Three concepts--engagement, community building, and personal meaning formed the framework for this study and were utilized to analyze the themes that emerged from student reflections and opinion surveys. This study used an exploratory mixed-method multiple-case study approach involving seven social media platforms: Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Second Life, and Skype. The research is unique because it not only looks at how social media can energize traditional and online instruction, it also cuts across three disciplines of higher education offering insights on how social media can be used to promote student learning.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Higher Education, Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Student Surveys, Technology Uses in Education, Education, Labor Force Development, Marketing, Learner Engagement, Group Membership, Morale, Organizational Climate, Student Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Telecommunications, Video Technology, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Reflection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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