Social Media as a Learning Tool in Higher Education

Open Access
Author:
Reuschel, Kazie Patricia
Area of Honors:
Management Information Systems (Behrend)
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Kathleen Jo Noce, Thesis Supervisor
  • Ido Millet, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • social media
  • networking
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • education
  • learning tools
Abstract:
Social media has become part of many college students’ everyday life. With Facebook as the leading social networking site among students and LinkedIn gaining popularity in the professional realm, students are submerged into this online networking world. Since students already spend so much time on social sites, it could be beneficial to include these sites into the curriculum and use them as tools among higher education. Students from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College were surveyed and their opinions were tested against this hypothesis. It was found the student do believe that social networks can be used as learning tools in higher education.