“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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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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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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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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NACTA 2010 Conference Keynote

Posted by reyjunco on May 27, 2010 in Presentations |

Welcome 2010 NACTA participants! I’m excited to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s conference. I wrote this blog post and have invited you to comment on it because I have a short amount of time to engage with you during my keynote address. My goals of this blog post are twofold: To learn […]

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3 Tips for New Social Media Users

Posted by reyjunco on April 22, 2010 in Commentary, How-to |

1. Be respectful 2. Be helpful 3. Be careful 1. Be respectful Before diving right in and using social media, take a little time to learn about the process. Understand the culture– just like you would notice different beliefs, customs, and mores when you travel to another country, do the same online and get to […]

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Using Twitter to Support Engagement in the College Classroom

Posted by reyjunco on April 8, 2010 in Presentations, Research |

I gave the following talk at the Berkman Center in December 2009 focusing on the preliminary findings of our Twitter study. You can download the slides here. Abstract Recent research has shown that social media use is correlated with indices of student engagement. While a relationship exists, no research has been conducted to elucidate the […]

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