#SMCEDU Chat - April 25, 2011: Is social media use REALLY increasing in classrooms?
In this recent survey, 80% of faculty asked reported using some form of social media in their teaching.
Online video sites such as YouTube were the most popular application, with other tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, and podcasts weighing in as well.
You have to wonder though -- is simply showing video in class really demonstrating a principle of social media use? Or is it just another way of delivering information, this time through a video rather than a professor's lecture?
Some other interesting results:
- More than three-quarters of all faculty visited a social media site within the past month for personal use, and nearly one-half posted some content during that period.
- Faculty with more than 20 years of teaching experience are less likely to visit and less likely to post than are faculty with less than five years of teaching experience.
- Just over 90 percent of faculty use social media either for professional purposes or in their classes—or both, although in some cases the frequency is only monthly (20 percent) or rarely (19 percent).
- Nearly two-thirds of faculty have used social media in their courses— either during class or as part of an assignment— and those who teach online are more likely to do so.
What do you think about the results from the survey?