By using social media learners can acquaintances with their classmates on social media and are more likely to act as a team on any team project and group work. This can guide to higher retention rates as students become more associated with the institution. Faculty can use social media as a way to get students to partake. Many students are naturally introverted in person, and many may not speak out in a classroom, but that may not be the case on social media. Today’s students grew up on social media, and for many, it is the expected way to interact. Teachers can ask questions on social media such as Facebook, What’s app, Twitter and students can answer those questions, by including an exact hashtag. This not only allows the faculty to come across the student answers but also allows other students to notice what others are answering and create a dialog. Social Media can be constructive for group projects. Social Media sites can be supportive to enhance this ability as the students can hold meetings in real time and work on their projects. This enhances the possibility that they will also spend time together working on projects and may not have to make time to meet in person continually as the project progresses. Videos, resource websites, and tutorials can be united very easily with the entire classroom at the click of the button. This eliminates the need for students to copy website links from a brochure and have the risk of mistyping. It is a lot easier just to click a link than to type it. Video Conferencing in the Classroom is also an important benefit. Using social networking sites such as Google Plus will let the use of Google Hangouts. These sorts of resources can be applied to set up class sessions where everyone can collaborate through video in real time.Google Hangouts can also be saved for future orientation, in case one of the students has a conflict and cannot make the meeting.
Social media applications are creating opportunities and spreading higher studies’ opportunities information very faster than any other medium. Students entering the workforce can utilize social networking sites to network and get employment. With LinkedIn, students can start a professional web presence, upload a resume, research a target company or school, and tie with other job seekers and employers. Institution career centers and alumni associations are using Twitter to broadcast job openings and internships. Students should track businesses or professional organizations on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on new changes and important developments in their field. I am now studying in ALAM marine academy and also sponsored by AET(American Eagle Tanker).I got to know about my academy via facebook.In my country, AET maintains a Facebook group and they gave this circular in that group. I came to ALAM and it’s already changed my life and way of thinking. Here social media application created the opportunity for me.
A study has indicated that in current years social media has entered almost all types of organizations.
Higher learning institutions have not been left behind too and have been adopters of this global phenomenon. Social media are using in many forms such as social networking sites, blogs, instant messaging and virtual communities. The rapid rise of social media provides many possibilities for higher learning institutions to take on it to further their education and teaching activities.
For learning and teaching, social media are used in a mixture of different purposes like – language learning, writing skill improvement, after-class discussion about important topics and subjects, communication skills learning, community construction and curricular medium. The use of social media in higher education is altering the nature of the relationships of students and teachers. Social Medias are giving a unique phase of communication amongst students and teachers and amongst learners themselves. Through social media, students are getting easy as well as convenient medium to communicate, admittance to information, and to supply information. Surveys have shown that in the recent year’s institutions have been increasing their social media usage to provide after-hours back up for students, deliver and host lectures, unfurl information and keep in the discussion. Studies also have found that the use of social media in higher learning institution has improved learning, enhance participation and engagement, improved content dissemination and enhanced pedagogy and information distribution.
Besides social media are using for learning and teaching, it is also being used for raising awareness and advertising. Social media enables higher education institutions to provide information about new research programs, changes to policies, events, job vacancies, alumni engagement and institutional news. Social media provides an ideal platform to emphasize new courses, study and teaching staff, and campus facilities in an effort to draw more learners.
However, the use of social media in higher education learning is not without some intrinsic boundaries. These boundaries are comprised of technology and privacy concerns, control of academics, and the inactive behavior of students and absence of academic language usage. Most of the time it happens because the lack of the awareness and knowledge about the functions are offered by the social media platform.
Most of the higher learning institution’s learners are depending on the accessibility of information on social media specifically and the web in general to provide answers. As a result, it is reduced the focus on learning and retaining information. A study shows that Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, their academic performance is not good to compare with others whose are not using.
Their capability to focus on the task at hand is extensively reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, Stumble Upon, Facebook or Twitter. The more time students and learners spend their time on social sites, the less time they spend to socialize in person. The main is lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not a satisfactory replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend a huge amount of time on social networking are less able to effectively and properly communicate in person. The advancement of social media features and the speed, at which information is published, has created a lax attitude towards correct spelling and grammar. These reduce a student’s ability to correctly write without relying on a computer’s spell check feature.
Social media can distract students from class learning while they are using these sites in the class time. Social Medias like Facebook and Twitter can divert students’ attention away from what’s happening in class and are ultimately troublesome to the education process.
We know the so many advantages of social media by also there is scope for improvement. if we talk we can talk about two different generation, one is younger generation consists of students who grew up with the Web 2.0 technologies and on the other hand, another generation our older generation which includes several teachers, is forced to adapt to all of these new technologies and find themselves struggling with the changes what technology has done. This generation gap regarding technology is making a teaching and learning gap between teachers and students.
Another big issue about social media is security and privacy issue. When we are doing any thesis and any confidential project it could possible that because of weak security and privacy people can use it in the wrong way which can bring a negative result toward educational institution and students. So teachers should take responsibility to teach and educated their students about security and privacy issue about posting any post. Identities should be protected if not there are huge possibilities that it can burden for students.
In summary, different students are using social Medias in different ways. So we should concern about how students are using these sites. Social media can bring revaluation over our traditionally confined learning in the classroom. But there are so many challenges’ also there but importance cannot be ignored. Nowadays, educational environment’s learning becomes more of a social process and the use of social media making that process very strong. We have to think and have to find out how higher education institutions globally continue to embrace social media to their own advancement and prosperity.