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ERIC Number: EJ1096965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
The New HD Classroom: A "Hyper Diverse" Approach to Engaging with Students
Browning, Leigh; Gerlich, R. Nicholas; Westermann, Lori
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v5 May 2011
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have come to dominate internet usage in recent years. Facebook alone has over 550 million users as of Fall 2010, while Twitter claims over 100 million users. While academia was fairly quick to adopt online education models in the 1990s, it has thus far not yet embraced social media portals as a way to deliver course content and engage students. This may be due to uncertainties regarding student perceptions about social media, its purposes, and its applications. In this research, the Social Media Affinity Scale was created and deployed to measure perceptions about social media. The results of this scale provide a measure of readiness that university academics could use to determine whether social media might be used effectively and efficiently among students. Results of the study showed that, among the students surveyed, no significant differences exist between males and females in their internet usage, social media usage, and beliefs about social media sites in general. Based on these results, a roadmap for social media integration is proposed for college classes. [The article contains a bibliography.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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