elseconference.eu, Bucharest 26 April 2012 An empirical analysis of the educational effects of social media in universities and colleges “For women, shoes are really important. Good shoes take you to good places.” Seo Min Hyun photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14546789@N06/1518095818
Agenda … in 10 min …• Social media landscape in HE (don’t have enough time)• The (mini)study: – Methodology – Summary of findings – Discussions• Conclusions (not too many)
• How faculty members use social media?• Which are the potential benefits, challenges and disadvantages?• How the usage can be extended?• Is there a need for training the educational actors?
Method- an online questionnaire- via academic SNS- time: February-March 2012- 79 respondents
Respondents profile: WHO ARE THEY?GENDER 41M (52%) 38F (48%)AGE36-45 years (37%)less than 35 years (43%)
Respondents profile: WHAT IS THEIR ROLE IN HE?ACADEMIC CAREERS •professor 5% (4) • reader 15% (12) • senior lecturer 19% (15) • junior lecturer 14% (11) • researcher 5% (4) • professor doctorate coordinator 1% (1) • academic administrator 4% (3)NON-ACADEMIC positions - 36% (29)
Respondents profile:WHAT IS THEIR ACADEMIC PROFILE? • Exact Sciences 43% • Social Sciences 24% • Medicine 13% • Humanity 12 % • Economics 8%
Not Yes No Statements related to social media (%) yet (%) (%)I access social media via mobile 46 27 28I access social media via tablet / ipad 15 48 37I evaluate the activity of my students on social media platforms 30 27 43My institution assesses my activity on social media platforms 15 24 61My institution encourages/supports the usage of social media by 34 30 35teachers / students / pupilsMy institution has specific policies related to social media usage 15 37 48I became familiar with SM during a course / workshop / project 30 4 66
DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES?Activities Yes – I have used Not yet, but I’m aware of it Nodidactical activities 61% 18% 22%research activities 58% 20% 22%professional development 78% 11% 10%personal development 78% 8% 14%
LEVELS OF COMMUNICATION/COLLABORATION I work with … Number PercentPeers from different institutions from Romania 52 66%Collaborators in different institutions from other countries 47 59%Colleagues / peers across my university / institution 49 62%Peers and Doctoral and Master students of my own department / faculty 61 77% Howard Rheingold is known for his colorful ("painted") shoes, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/3715568273/
CONTEXTUAL CONDITIONS IN WHICH SCHOLARS USE SOCIAL MEDIA Activities Number PercentSearching news, academic content 70 89Dissemination of own results, articles, projects, presentations 49 62Inquiring/research (reviewing literature, collecting/analyzing 52 66research data)Personal / Professional Communication / Collaboration 65 82Networking for professional development 36 46Building a community of practice 24 30Building a learning community with students enrolled in formal 30 38coursesParticipating / following different scientific events (as a real time 52 66news-source)
ADVANTAGES• accessibility and ease of use• cost reduction• flexibility, transparency and autonomy of applications• educational „recruit ability”• changing teachers’ attitudes• engaging / enriching / empowering students’ interactions and participation• collaborative characteristics• establishing relationships and conversations• facilitating learning• social interactions
ADVANTAGES• teaching / learning digital skills• easily-accessible creativity• „use of authentic study materials”• „easy socialization”• a modern approach of educational subjects• feedback• easy monitoring online presence and reputation• collaborative participation• using open education
DISADVANTAGES• content trivialisation• security of data and persons• online information / cognitive overload• equality or e-quality• difficult management of digital identity• anonymity• ethical concerns• institutional norms• time spent on social media sites• emotional barriers• a certain life style and/or an organisational culture• artificial communication• the noise• the activity with / within social media isn’t recognised as academic
a social media education ??OR social media in education ??
Gabriela GROSSECKDepartment of PsychologyWest University of TimisoaraRomaniaemail: email@example.com Thank you ! to flickr community, to all owners of photographsblog: grosseck.blogspot.comtwitter: ggrosseckcirip: GabrielaCarmen HOLOTESCUTimSoft / Politehnica Universityof TimisoaraRomaniaemail: firstname.lastname@example.org: timsoft.ro/blogtwitter: cami13cirip: cami13