Social Media Sparks Changes in the Classroom
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Social Media Sparks Changes in the Classroom


This is Duke University. We have a generation of students who are connected,
we live in a connected world and if they live in a connected world the classroom needs to
be connected also. FROM FACEBOOK TO TWITTER, SOCIAL MEDIA IS
EVERYWHERE. IN MANY CLASSES AT DUKE UNIVERSITY, PROFESSORS LIKE MARK ANTHONY NEAL ARE EMBRACING
IT BY ENCOURAGING THEIR STUDENTS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA. “We actually developed a class identity
for hip-hop so the class itself functions as its own Twitter identity. And again the
whole idea is being able to promote the great conversation that is taking place in the class”. This may seem like your typical college lecture, but
this class is unique because students have the opportunity to pull out their cellphones
and tweet about the highlights. “We encourage students to tweet. Whatever’s
going on in the class that you know you feel like sharing to the larger public or sharing
it amongst your friends, feel free to do so. But we took it to a whole another level by
making sure folks could follow the conversation by following the hashtag.” STUDENTS AND FACULTY MEMBERS USE SOCIAL MEDIA
AS A PLATFORM FOR DISCUSSION BOTH WITHIN THE CLASSROOM AND OUTSIDE THE CLASS’S WALLS TO
REACH THE PUBLIC. “Sitting down for a while and just having
a discussion and listening to a lecture isn’t the most effective way of learning and so
incorporating social media allows students to actually be more active participants.” “The use of social media is pretty much
like a tool and a call to action, so it’s a way of materializing everything we talk
about.” THIS TREND CONTINUES TO RISE. ACCORDING
TO A HIGHER ED STUDY OF 777 COLLEGE STUDENTS, 70% OF STUDENTS REPORTED THAT SOCIAL MEDIA
IN THE CLASSROOM KEEPS THEM MORE CONNECTED AND NEARLY 50% USE THEIR DEVICES IN CLASS
FOR DOING RELATED COURSEWORK. MANY DUKE PROFESSORS HAVE FOLLOWED THIS TREND
AND INCORPORATED SOCIAL MEDIA IN THEIR LECTURES AS WELL. THE LANGUAGE ARTS AND MEDIA PROGRAM
TEACHES STUDENTS COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN THE DIGITAL AGE AND PROMOTES SOCIAL MEDIA USE.
AND A CLASS TITLED “THE SELFIE” CONNECTS THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF PORTRAITS TO MODERN
SELFIES. “I don’t think that we should say this
is the end of classrooms as we know it, but I think we do have to explore the opportunities
and any leading institution of higher education really needs to be in the game of exploring.” STEPHEN NOWICKI, THE DEAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE
EDUCATION, HAS NOTICED THE GROWTH OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND PREDICTS THAT THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING
OF A MAJOR CHANGE THAT WILL IMPACT NOT ONLY THE ACADEMIC WORLD BUT ALSO FUTURE GENERATIONS. “I certainly do think that it isn’t going
to be just elite colleges and universities that are in this game, we might be leading
it in some cases, we might be inventing a lot of it but I think that it’s going to
be out, the genie is out the bottle.” REPORTING FOR DUKE UNIVERISTY, I’M KIARA
BRANTLEY-JONES. Produced by Duke University.

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