Social media popular with faculty, but not yet in class

About 90 percent of the faculty members said they were worried that others outside a class could view and participate in class discussions due to the public nature of social media.

The primary concern for educators seems to be the integrity of student submissions — that it can be difficult to tell who exactly is posting a submission under a student’s name.

While the varying and segmented degrees in which faculty take advantage of social media can seem contradictory, Seaman said educators just recognize that the technology is still evolving, with certain aspects fitting education nicely and others being a hindrance.

Each year the survey has been conducted, all three areas of the report (personal, professional, and in-class) have seen an increase in use.

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