Findings on Facebook in higher education: A comparison of college faculty and student uses and perceptions of social networking sites

M.D. Roblyer, Michelle McDaniel, Marsena Webb, James Herman, James Vince Witty
2010 The Internet and higher education  
Social Networking Sites (SNSs) such as Facebook are one of the latest examples of communications technologies that have been widely-adopted by students and, consequently, have the potential to become a valuable resource to support their educational communications and collaborations with faculty. However, faculty members have a track record of prohibiting classroom uses of technologies that are frequently used by students. To determine how likely higher education faculty are to use Facebook for
more » ... ither personal or educational purposes, higher education faculty (n=62) and students (n=120) at a mid-sized southern university were surveyed on their use of Facebook and email technologies. A comparison of faculty and student responses indicate that students are much more likely than faculty to use Facebook and are significantly more open to the possibility of using Facebook and similar technologies to support classroom work. Faculty members are more likely to use more "traditional" technologies such as email.
doi:10.1016/j.iheduc.2010.03.002 fatcat:ivl4ipocbvbz5mskahaco7ii3y