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Social Media in Higher Education

Social media refers to various technologies, typically Internet driven, that allow users to create, share, exchange, and review content and ideas. This sharing of content and ideas takes place through photo-hosting sites, texts, online communities, multiplayer games and simulations, online shared courses, discussion forums, blogs, wikis, social media networks (e.g., LinkedIn or Facebook), and distribution tools (e.g., Twitter or e-mail lists). These technologies have impacted almost every aspect of daily life from business to personal and from shopping to learning.

Higher education has been impacted in two key ways. First, faculty in higher education are now working with students who are well versed in the use of social media. This can lead to positive and negative outcomes for teaching and learning environments. Second, given the ...

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