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Like our page : using Facebook to support first year students in their transition to higher education

Jenkins, Greg, Lyons, Kenneth, Bridgstock, Ruth S., & Carr, Lauren (2012) Like our page : using Facebook to support first year students in their transition to higher education. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3(2), pp. 65-72.

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Abstract

Facebook is approaching ubiquity in the social habits and practice of many students. However, its use in higher education has been criticised (Maranto & Barton, 2010) because it can remove or blur academic boundaries. Despite these concerns, there is strong potential to use Facebook to support new students to communicate and interact with each other (Cheung, Chiu, & Lee, 2010). This paper shows how Facebook can be used by teaching staff to communicate more effectively with students. Further, it shows how it can provide a way to represent and include beginning students’ thoughts, opinions and feedback as an element of the learning design and responsive feed-forward into lectures and tutorial activities. We demonstrate how an embedded social media strategy can be used to complement and enhance the first year curriculum experience by functioning as a transition device for student support and activating Kift’s (2009) organising principles for first year curriculum design.

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ID Code: 53344
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Transition Pedagogy, Creative Industires, Social Media, Student Engagement, Curriculum Design, ICT, Student Identity, HERN
ISSN: 1838-2959
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2012 08:18
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2012 14:50

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