How students use social media for study
Students behave in different ways when it comes to using social media for academic purposes. This is the suggestion of new research from the University of Leicester, which found that while some people use this medium in much the same way as they do when talking to friends on Facebook, others only use it in order to get the information they need.
Published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology, the study included 257 undergraduate students from the university’s School of Biological Sciences, who were asked to use Google+ as they worked through a key IT and numeracy skills module.
Led by Fiona Wright, a graduate of the school, the research demonstrated some individuals were more targeted in their use of online tools, while their peers used social networking to share course information with fellow students without any qualms.
These different types were found to have ‘visitor’ and ‘resident’ characteristics and Ms Wright added students “often spend a large amount of their free time using social media, so if this tool could be used effectively for academic purposes it would be a great resource”.