Working with social media in tertiary education: A contested space between academics and policies

Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Yana Grevtseva

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Abstract

Managing the use of social media in tertiary institutions is not as straight-forward as it may first seem. There is a multiplicity of facets which interplay within this space, from the espoused University policies on the one side of the coin, to the actual practices by students and staff on the other. At times, this misalignment is not the result of deliberate waywardness. For academics, deciphering and adhering to institutional policy whilst simultaneously attempting to enrich students’ learning experiences is a difficult feat. This paper explores this contested space, examining the tensions between social media as a disruptive technology, coupled with the interpretation of institutional policies. Our analysis points to a call for clarity in and around institutional policy in the implementation of social media for teaching and learning in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
EditorsDominique Parrish
Place of PublicationTugun, QLD
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
Pages648-653
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2016 - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201630 Nov 2016
Conference number: 33rd
http://2016conference.ascilite.org/ (Conference website)
http://2016conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/ASCILITE-2016-full-proceedings-Updated-1512.pdf (Conference Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2016
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2016
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period27/11/1630/11/16
Other33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
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Keywords

  • Learning
  • Policy
  • Professional development
  • Social media
  • Teaching
  • Tertiary education

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