College Faculty Use Social Media, But Not as Much in Class

FACULTY VOICES: A recent Pearson survey, "Social Media for Teaching and Learning," reveals that college faculty remain ambivalent about the learning value of online technologies. Over 40% of the nearly 8,000 college faculty surveyed either somewhat or strongly disagreed that "the interactive nature of online and mobile technologies create better learning environments; 24% say they are more distracting than helpful to students for academic work. Personally, 70% use social media regularly, but only 41% adapt it for their courses. The survey concludes with qualitative insights on issues like privacy concerns and the authenticity of student submissions.

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