The effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades


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Author: Junco, R.; Heiberger, G.; Loken, E.


Despite the widespread use of social media by students and its increased use by instructors, very little empirical evidence is available concerning the impact of social media use on student learning and engagement. This paper describes our semester-long experimental study to determine if using Twitter - the microblogging and social networking platform most amenable to ongoing, public dialogue - for educationally relevant purposes can impact college student engagement and grades. A total of 125 students taking a first year seminar course for pre-health professional majors participated in...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Technology; Teaching and learning; Students

Keywords: Cooperative learning; Learning community; Learning method; Teaching method; Student behaviour; Social media

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 2011

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Journal volume: 27

Journal number: 2

Journal date: April 2011

Pages: pp. 119-132

ISSN: 0266-4909, 1365-2729 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 103.468

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