Social media is changing the face of education, yet some faculty continue to be skittish in the idea of incorporating social media into the classroom. The current study looks to help answer optimal roles by both faculty and students by defining what students expect and seek when using Facebook in the classroom. Research has shown Millennial students are using Facebook as a social tool (Agozzino, 2010; Lenhart & Madden, 2007; Madge, Meek, Wellens & Hooley, 2009). The current study established that students are utilizing Facebook for anywhere from one to three hours a day. Although its main purpose is to provide social connections, I argue that Facebook can create classroom connections to enhance social media discussion and instruction. Others have looked at a social networking site for online instruction (Bosch, 2009), yet traditional classroom instruction classes can benefit as well. Surveys from undergraduate students in five different public relations classes provided detailed information on pros and cons of using the tool, suggestions for better utilization, and insight on continuing the relationship between instructor and student after class is complete. Questions probed what content is blocked from instructors, concerns with privacy issues, and information sought through Facebook pages.between instructor and student after class is complete. Questions probed what content is blocked from instructors, concerns with privacy issues, and information sought through Facebook pages.
|Keywords:||Social Media, Facebook, Social Networking Site, Classroom Instruction, Higher Education|
Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Communication and Theatre Arts, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, USA