Debating the use of social media in higher education in Australasia: Where are we now?

  • Julie Willems RMIT University
  • Chie Adachi Deakin University
  • Francesca Bussey Deakin University
  • Iain Doherty Deakin University
  • Henk Huijser Queensland University of Technology
Keywords: higher education, social media, teaching and learning, debate, Periscope, Twitter

Abstract

The integration of social media into higher education is having a significant impact on learning and teaching. As they become enmeshed in the fabric of academia, they are also becoming a site of contestation, especially in relation to teaching and learning. This research paper explores the key issues dominating current debates about the use of social media in higher education in Australasia. By exploring themes emerging from a debate around the use of social media in higher education in Australasia, it integrates additional comments from the collective wisdom of experienced colleagues from around the globe, as captured in the debate’s Twitter feed and live Periscope streaming. These comments highlight points of sensitivity in the adoption of social media in higher education in Australasia. This paper presents the findings and some key ideas that emerged from the debate.

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Author Biography

Julie Willems, RMIT University

Dr. Julie Willems (http://wikieducator.org/User:Julie_Willems) holds qualifications in nursing, the humanities, and education. Her research interests include media and technology in formal and informal learning (including social media), and educational and digital equity as social justice issue (such as in relation to OER and MOOC). Julie Is a Senior Lecturer in RMIT’s  Learning and Teaching Academy.

 

Published
2018-11-25
How to Cite
Willems, J., Adachi, C., Bussey, F., Doherty, I., & Huijser, H. (2018). Debating the use of social media in higher education in Australasia: Where are we now?. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(5). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.3843
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