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

Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Francesca Bussey, Iain Doherty, Henk Huijser

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.


Keywords


higher education; social media; teaching and learning; debate; Periscope; Twitter

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.3843