I’ve heard of other lecturers using their social media to engage with students, and in the past I have looked down on the idea of using this as a platform to aid learning. Some evidence suggests that using social media in the classroom does not result in any formal learning taking place however, it can be use effectively as a notification tool and for peer support (Madge et al., 2009).
On reflection, year after year does the top down approach of instructing students to check their VLE (Virtual learning environment) regularly work? For some students ‘NO!’ is the answer to this question.
So this coming academic year I will attempt to communicate research topics, exam dates and assignment deadlines using Mark Zuckerberg’s famous [face]book.
Madge, C., Meek, J., Wellens, J. and Hooley, T. (2009) ‘Facebook , social integration and informal learning at university: “It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work”’, Learning, Media and Technology, 34(2), pp. 141–155. doi: 10.1080/17439880902923606