Social Media Activity and Enhancing Learning

Social Media Activity and Enhancing Learning

Social networks existed long before the Internet and have been influential in providing for interpersonal support (Wellman, 1992), social and political movements (Tilly, 1994); and inter-organizational associations (Nohria & Eccles, 1992), however, interconnecting computers with media-rich virtual environments creates another dimension of the traditional social network—a social media network. Among our college students, social media—comprising technology such as Facebook, blogs, and Twitter—is as popular and ubiquitous today as any of the traditional forms of communication or entertainment. However, too many educators fail to adequately leverage the possibilities of social media networking to enhance learning (Prensky, 2006). Today the popularity of social networking continues to grow as an activity that college-age students use to further their own social interests (Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zichuhr, 2010).

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