ERIC Number: EJ975503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Integrating Technology into Peer Leader Responsibilities
Johnson, Melissa L.
New Directions for Higher Education, n157 p59-71 Spr 2012
Technology has become an integral part of landscape of higher education. Students are coming to college with an arsenal of technological tools at their disposal. These tools are being used for informal, everyday communication as well as for formal learning in the classroom. At the same time, higher education is experiencing an increase in peer support opportunities across campuses. Peer support roles are most often described as peer leaders, educators, and mentors, with the title "peer leader" serving as the most comprehensive in describing these types of roles. The myriad of peer leadership opportunities brings with it an opportunity to connect with students outside of traditional face-to-face methods. Technology, particularly via social networking sites such as Facebook and text or video-based chat services such as Skype or Google Plus, can assist peer leaders in their communication needs. Similarly, other methods of technology use may assist peer leaders in other duties, such as conducting background research through Internet and library database searches or developing multimedia presentations for their peers. This article focuses on the emerging role of technology as part of the responsibilities of peer leaders on college campuses. It describes how technology currently is being used by college-age students, discusses the importance of building technological competences (both for peer leaders and their students), provides examples of how technology can be used by peer leaders, and discusses how peer leaders' use of technology should be considered in their training and supervision.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Technology Integration, Leadership Responsibility, Peer Groups, Technology Uses in Education, Use Studies, Technological Literacy, Influence of Technology, College Students, Skill Development, Minimum Competencies, Leadership Training, Social Networks
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Education Level: Higher Education
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