Facebook and student engagement infographic

Posted by reyjunco on October 3, 2011 in Research |

Junco Facebook and Student Engagement CAE 2012As you may recall, a while ago I posted a call to graphic artists to work with me on creating an infographic that accurately represents the results of a research paper. Thanks to Ed Cabellon and his team at the the Rondileau Campus Center at Bridgewater State University, we have this infographic based on my paper The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement published in Computers & Education. Special thanks to the designer, Becca Light.

[Edit 10/5/11]: A number of people have been asking if they can use this graphic. The answer is– of course you can! This infographic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License which means that you can post it to your own site, share, or adapt the graphic as long as you’re not using it for commercial purposes and as long as you reference the source. You may also be interested in a higher resolution jpeg [6.2M] or a PDF version suitable for printing [~1M]


[Edit 10/12/11]: Thanks to Sandra Cortesi and Kristi Grande who noticed that the graphic representing the mean number of times students checked Facebook was missing one student at the computer. All links now point to the revised infographic.


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  • Great information here, Rey. Imagine that…a tool is only as good as how you use it! Timeless wisdom that applies even in the internet era!

  • Kristi Grande

    Nice infographic!  This will be very helpful when working with teachers on technology integration.

    Just wondering:  Is there a mistake on the average # of times students check Facebook per day?  It says 5.75 times per day, but the graphic shows 4.75 times. 

  • Thanks for catching that, Kristi. The 5.75 times number is correct. The designer will have a version with the edit to me tomorrow. 

  • kim. ducharme

    Interesting that posting photos — an activity that requires a higher level of commitment — is a negative predictor in student engagement and involvement in student activities, while viewing photos is a positive one.

  • I agree Kim. After talking with students about this, I was able to explain the dichotomy: Posting photos involves the technical aspects of transferring photos from a camera to a computer and then selecting and uploading them to Facebook. On the other hand, viewing photos involves either reliving a moment or event shared with friends or making decisions about future events (i.e., “that looks like a good time, maybe I’ll get together with my friends to do that again”). The former is not very engaging, while the latter most certainly is.

  • English Vocabulary

    Good info. , how a software tool can be used in a diversed way is shown above.

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