Use of Social Media

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Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice Volume 1 | Issue 2 Article 7 7-23-2012 THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ACADEMIC PRACTICE: A REVIEW OF LITERATURE Retta Guy Tennessee State University, rguy@tnstate.edu Follow this and additional works at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kjhepp Part of the Communication Technology and New Media Commons, Curriculum and Social Inquiry Commons, and the Instructional Media Design Commons Recommended Citation Guy, Retta (2012) "THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ACADEMIC PRACTICE: A REVIEW OF LITERATURE," Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice: Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 7. Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kjhepp/vol1/iss2/7 This Peer Reviewed Articles and Commentaries is brought…show more content…
Specifically, this article reports on: (a) the use of social media by students and faculty; (b) the use of social media for academic practice in both traditional and distance learning formats; and (c) the pros and cons of using social media for academic practice. Previous reviews of the literature have suggested that access to technology is inequitable (Jackson, Ervin, Gardner, & Schmitt, 2001; Morgan & VanLegen, 2005) and that students of color are less likely to use technology, and therefore, have fewer opportunities to use social media tools than their white peers (Volman & van Eck, 2001). As such, this article reviews recent research on the use of technology and social media by students of color, and potential inequities in the use of social media for academic practice. Social Media Use by Students Today’s college students (which consist of Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials) are exposed to all types of technologies in many aspects of their lives (Browning, Gerlich, & Westermann, 2011). On a daily basis they use desktop computers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, and cell phones to actively engage in social networking, text messaging, blogging, http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kjhepp/vol1/iss2/7 2 Guy: The Use of Social Media content sharing, online learning, and much more (Cassidy, Griffin, Manolovitz, Shen, & Turney, 2011). As documented in recent research, students and faculty are using these emerging technologies and platforms in all facets of their

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