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The truth about Facebook and grades infographic

Posted by reyjunco on December 6, 2011 in Research |

I’m very excited that yet another graphic designer has taken me up on my offer to work with me on creating a graphic that accurately represents the results of one of my research papers. This one is based on my paper Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multiple indices of Facebook use […]

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Too much face and not enough books? Facebook use and academic performance

Posted by reyjunco on October 10, 2011 in Research |

My latest paper Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multiple indices of Facebook use and academic performance published in Computers in Human Behavior last week reports the findings of a study I conducted with 1,839 undergraduates. I collected data on Facebook use by surveying students and I had access to student grades […]

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Texting and using Facebook while studying related to lower GPAs

Posted by reyjunco on September 19, 2011 in Research |

This week, Shelia Cotten and I will present a paper on multitasking at the Oxford Internet Institute’s A Decade in Internet Time Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society. We have posted the draft of the paper here. Please note that the paper is in draft form and it has yet to be […]

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Time spent on Facebook is related to involvement in campus activities

Posted by reyjunco on August 22, 2011 in Research |

These findings are from my latest paper “The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement” to be published in an upcoming issue of Computers and Education. I asked students to estimate (using a few different indices) their frequency of using Facebook and what they did while on Facebook and then […]

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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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Tweeting SSAO’s less interested in engaging in conversations

Posted by reyjunco on April 28, 2011 in Research |

Earlier this week I was conducting background research for an article I’m writing for NASPA’s Leadership Exchange. I wanted to explore how Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO’s) were using Twitter and if their engagement level differed from other student affairs professionals. While exploratory, I theorized that SSAO might be more likely to engage, given that […]

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Academic Excellence in 140 Characters

Posted by reyjunco on November 22, 2010 in Research |

This is a video created by one of my students to summarize the research we conducted on the effects of Twitter on student engagement and grades. The journal article summarizing the study and our findings is available here. Abstract Despite the widespread use of social media by students and its increased use by instructors, very […]

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Twitter improves college student engagement and grades

Posted by reyjunco on November 12, 2010 in Research |

Given popular interest in this paper, I thought I’d post a summary of what we did and what we found. To keep with the theme of the paper, I’m going to explain each section in 140 characters or less. You can download a PDF of the paper by clicking here. Abstract We ran a controlled […]

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Academic advising, social media, and student engagement

Posted by reyjunco on September 27, 2010 in Commentary |

My research is focused on using emerging technologies to help engage students and enhance their success in higher education. Some people who learn about my research before meeting me, think I’m going to be a digital evangelist. On the contrary, I prefer to be engaged with my students in realspace (i.e., the classroom) and realtime. […]

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Multitasking has negative effect on student academic work

Posted by reyjunco on September 13, 2010 in Research |

The following is a summary of findings and implications from my latest paper with Shelia Cotten entitled Perceived academic effects of instant messaging use to be published in Computers & Education. Summary of Findings: IM users spend a great deal of time actively chatting (120 minutes per day on average). 97% of IM users reported […]

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