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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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Achievement not yet unlocked: Badges for learning project looking for funding

Posted by reyjunco on February 13, 2012 in Research |

A while ago I posted about the proposal Game dynamics in the classroom: Badges to improve student engagement and learning in large lecture courses we submitted to the Digital Media and Learning Badges for Learning competition. We were delighted to see how much buzz our proposal generated online (here’s a post on Edudemic about our proposal […]

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College students prefer to use Facebook in their courses

Posted by reyjunco on January 17, 2012 in Research |

Over the last year, I’ve conducted or collaborated on a number of studies examining the use of social media in the classroom. One thing has been clear from our observations in those studies: when given the choice of a number of social technologies to use as part of a course, students will overwhelmingly choose Facebook. This […]

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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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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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Students lying on their online profiles

Posted by reyjunco on April 7, 2011 in Research |

It’s important to preface this post by saying that these are old data– collected as part of the Net.Generation survey I conducted in 2006 (N=7,705). While these data are old, I’ve been thinking a lot about online identity lately and thought this information would be useful to share. As part of the survey, we asked […]

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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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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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Civil Discourse in the Age of Social Media

Posted by reyjunco on October 29, 2010 in Research |

For centuries, issues of civil discourse only arose concerning written and oral communication. But now, new technologies for communication and social interaction, particularly social media, have dramatically expanded the potential for human interaction. They generate significant challenges for institutional policies and practices to encourage and sustain civil discourse for the critical social and personal issues […]

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