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How today’s higher education faculty use social media infographic

Posted by reyjunco on October 23, 2012 in Commentary, Infographic, Research |

Last week, Pearson and the Babson Survey Research Group released the results of their latest survey of how higher education faculty use social media. The results are quite interesting. For instance, they found that almost 34% of the sample used some form of social media (defined as blogs/wikis, Facebook, LinkedIn, podcasts, or Twitter) for teaching purposes. It’s […]

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New appointment at the Berkman Center

Posted by reyjunco on August 31, 2012 in Commentary |

I am thrilled to announce that I will be a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society for the academic year. I will continue my work with the Youth and Media Team and look forward to working with other faculty, fellows, and associates. I am especially thankful to Urs Gasser and Sandra Cortesi for their […]

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Why I don’t trust that Facebook will keep your child’s information private

Posted by reyjunco on June 14, 2012 in Commentary |

Last week, I wrote an opinion piece for NBCLatino entitled Don’t trust Facebook with your children in response to Facebook’s announcement that they are considering allowing children younger than 13 to join the site. In that post, I discussed four reasons why you would want to be wary of allowing your children under 13 to join […]

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StudentAffairs.com podcast Interview with Rey Junco

Posted by reyjunco on February 15, 2012 in Commentary, Research |

Last week I chatted with Stuart Brown from StudentAffairs.com for the student affairs forum podcast. We spoke about: Variation in technology skills even among students who are “digital natives.” Digital inequalities and how these inequalities are reproduced throughout a student’s educational career. How digital inequalities in technology use can put students from minority racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds at […]

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Will iTextbooks increase student engagement? Not really.

Posted by reyjunco on January 30, 2012 in Commentary |

Over at Wired, Tim Carmody wrote a great piece about Apple’s latest foray into the education market – digital textbooks via the iBooks 2 app. Tim hits the nail on the head in his introduction (emphasis mine): Engagement is a big word in education. It combines both objective participation and subjective emotion. It’s one of the […]

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“Is Twitter Hurting Your Grades?” Infographic

Posted by reyjunco on May 17, 2011 in Commentary, Research |

Two weeks ago I posted my thoughts and additional research evidence in response to the “Is Social Media Ruining Students?” infographic. I’ve often hoped that someone would create an infographic that used my data but that also didn’t jump to sensational conclusions. Looks like someone did just that– this infographic uses data from our Twitter […]

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Thoughts on the “Is Social Media Ruining Students?” infographic

Posted by reyjunco on May 3, 2011 in Commentary |

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the “Is Social Media Ruining Students?” infographic that made its way around the web last week. As a social media researcher, I couldn’t help but notice there were a conspicuous number of studies missing. Omitting these additional studies gives an incomplete picture of the scientific evidence and leads to erroneous conclusions. […]

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Do Facebook Likes equal engagement?

Posted by reyjunco on April 21, 2011 in Commentary |

On my way to work this morning, I was listening to Mara Liasson on the NPR news headlines reporting about President Obama’s Facebook Live Town Hall held yesterday. Liasson reported that while Obama was a pioneer in the use of social media in his 2008 campaign, he’ll have a lot of competition in these spaces from his […]

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Thoughts on how tweet content is related to instructor credibility

Posted by reyjunco on March 31, 2011 in Commentary |

Yesterday I received emails and tweets asking what I thought about the study reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education that examined the relationship between tweet content and student perception of instructor credibility. One of my social media (and life) rules is that I will not comment on a paper that I haven’t read. Luckily, […]

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Students not using Facebook messaging – thanks to event invitations

Posted by reyjunco on February 21, 2011 in Commentary, Research |

This past weekend, @drjtothemastro gave me the opportunity to chat with this year’s group of Reitz Scholars at The University of Florida. Of course, the topic was social media. While we were collecting data for a book chapter we’re writing on the Senior Year Experience, I discovered some things about how students think about Facebook […]

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