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.

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 causal connection, if any, between engagement in social media spaces and engagement in the real world. This talk will outline an experimental study, currently underway, that assesses whether first-year college students’ use of Twitter affects student engagement and success.

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  • professorlane

    Dr. Junco,

    Fascinating study. I am a bit taken aback at the disparity in the sample size (91% Caucasian). I am interested in replicating a study similar to this one at a community college level. The projected sample size would include a more diverse population than your study. Do you think there would exist any correlations?

  • reyjunco

    @professorlane You are correct– as stated in our paper, that’s an important limitation of the study. We are currently working on replicating the study using a more diverse sample. We expect that the effect sizes will be larger with more diverse students as suggested by Kuh (2009).

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