Doctoral Students’ Experiences and Perceptions of Social Media in Higher Education

ID: 54992 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Eunice Luyegu, Alyssa Brussee, Lauren Montgomery, and Catherine Varner, Nova Southeastern University, United States

Tuesday, June 25 12:00-12:20 PM Location: Oost View on map

Presider: Valérie Payen Jean Baptiste, Universite de Geneve, Haiti

Abstract: In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of social media and other Web 2.0 technologies in higher education. Social media is being used to promote active learning and enhance teaching strategies. This research aims to determine doctoral students’ experience with social media and their perspectives regarding its potential in formal didactic and clinical education. Doctoral students in both physical and occupational therapy programs were surveyed regarding their social media preferences, frequency of usage, willingness to use social media for educational purposes, and perceptions of a number of social media platforms. Both qualitative and quantitative data was collected. Findings showed a willingness to use social media in educational settings, especially social media platforms already familiar to students. Additionally, students felt that while the use of social media would enhance their overall learning experience, they were concerned about its distraction and intrusion of privacy.


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