Students’ attitudes to academic use of social media

New research has shown that university students behave very differently when using social media as part of their academic learning, EarthSky reports. Some students happily use social networking to share information about their course with their peers, in a similar way to how they might talk to friends on Facebook. Others are much more targeted in their use of online tools – and will only log on to get the information they need, when they need it. Visitors and Residents: mapping student attitudes to academic use of social networks, published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology, was conducted by Fiona Wright, a graduate of the University’s School of Biosciences. For the study, all 257 undergraduate students in the University’s School of Biological Sciences were asked to use the social media site Google+ as part of a key IT and numeracy skills module.

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