Translating social media research into academically relevant practices.
Today’s college students use social media (i.e., Facebook, Myspace, Twitter), cell phones, blogs, and instant messaging at higher rates than people from other generations. In higher education, faculty members generally lag behind students in their use of technology. While some faculty members embrace it, most have negative views of newer technologies, believing that technology use hurts students academically and socially. Nevertheless, research demonstrates that students generally utilize newer technologies in ways that are beneficial to them. For instance, recent research has shown that students who use Facebook at high rates have more positive educational outcomes. Additionally, the use of blogs, cell phones, and instant messaging have all been shown to promote student academic and psychosocial development.
This presentation reviews recent research on how college students use technologies such as social media, cell phones, blogs, and instant messaging. Additionally, these slides highlight the latest research on student attitudes about social media, statistics on their use, differences in use based on gender, ethnicity, and social class (the digital divide), positive academic and social effects of technology use, and research-based strategies to help faculty members integrate technology into their courses in order to support student academic development.