Social Media: Determining Effective Methods to Increase Student Engagement in Early Childhood Courses

ID: 51943 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Sheresa Blanchard and Victoria Burdo, East Carolina University, United States
  2. Chia Jung Yeh, East Carolina, United States
  3. Kelli Holden and Amy Lee, East Carolina University, United States

Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D View on map

Presider: Rashid Khan, DCC- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Most college students have access to a wide range of technology and social media platforms However, consensus does not exist regarding the role of social media in enhancing students’ learning experiences This pilot study evaluates social media’s role in the engagement of students in their face-to-face and distance education courses In spring 2016, one distance education early childhood education (ECE) course developed a Facebook page for enrolled student and solicited their feedback at the end of the semester Two additional ECE courses (one face-to-face and one distance education) are also implementing a social media presence Results shared will include (a) ways that students found the social media platform useful, (b) a content analysis of students’ usage of the platform, (c) reflections on how social media can enhance the student learning community, and (d) an analysis of how and when the platform increased response time and reduce instructor emails

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