Building Connections and Engagement Amongst Educators and Students Through Social Networking

In this paper we investigate the different uses of social networking in education and reasons for using it. We explore how the use of social networking sites as an educational tool increases student engagement and bring learning to students in a place that is already part of their daily lives. We also explore studies of the use of social networking tools for faculty to build and participate in learning communities and measure the amount of positive impact this can have for both faculty and students. The results of a study of undergraduate computer science students after using a Facebook group as part of their course is examined. From our research we found that using social networking sites in education is valuable for both students and faculty and it currently has a mostly untapped potential.

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