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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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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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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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Students spend a lot of time Facebooking, searching, and texting

Posted by reyjunco on March 7, 2011 in Research |

Right… of course they do. But you know me, I like to have data to back up assumptions so I’m sharing some results of a recent survey I conducted on student technology use. This chart is based on data from a sample of over 2,500 college students. What was most surprising to me was the […]

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Meeting them where they are: Social media and student engagement

Posted by reyjunco on February 20, 2011 in Presentations |

Here is the replay of my talk at The University of Florida on social media and student engagement. I present new data on the relationship between time spent on Facebook, Facebook activities, and student engagement.

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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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Social media and college student engagement

Posted by reyjunco on April 19, 2010 in Research |

This graph summarizes the main findings of the only two studies of social media and college student engagement. Both found relationships between time spent on social media and student engagement as described by Astin (1984) and measured through single survey items. Heiberger and Harper (2008) conducted a study of 377 undergraduate students at a Midwestern […]

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Social Media in Auxiliary Services at UW—Milwaukee

Posted by lvanlysal on April 8, 2010 in Guest Bloggers |

This morning Rey sent out a tweet seeking examples of how University Auxiliary Services staff used social media. I responded in way more than 140 characters, and he suggested I write a blog post. At the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Auxiliary Services consists of University Housing, Neighborhood Housing, Restaurant Operations, the Student Union, and the Bookstore. […]

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