Navigating education, ethics and engagement in a social media world.

ID: 49871 Type: Brief Paper
  1. David Webster, University of Gloucestershire, United States

Monday, November 14 4:40 PM-5:00 PM Location: Edison F View on map

Presider: Helen Teague, PBS TeacherLine, United States

Abstract: In some corners of Higher Education, we see an embrace of Social Media We tweet back and forth with students, and from field trips. We have Facebook groups for our courses. We tag each other, have tumblr collections from student events. Social Media has allowed us to be radically interactive, and be context-specific about where traditional academic hierarchies of communication are and aren't in place. But students are beginning to see a collapsing of lines that can make them and us uncomfortable. They may want to complain on twitter about a boring lecture, or use images as their Facebook profile picture that they would rather their lecturers didn't see. Lecturers may feel Faculty pressure to be min on-line celebrities, and fracture-lines between differing camps are not unknown (witness the #SeriousAcademic hashtag). This paper offers an ethical reflection on the current state of play, and possible futures, with an eye to emergent ethical and engagement issues.

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