Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Social networking utilized by academic to improve student satisfaction

Date:
April 12, 2010
Source:
University of Leicester
Summary:
Social media could provide a solution for dealing with dissatisfaction among students on the levels of academic feedback they receive at university. A researcher is trialling the use of social media to enhance feedback - through the provision of ‘feed forward’.

Social media could provide a solution for dealing with dissatisfaction among students on the levels of academic feedback they receive at university.

Related Articles


A University of Leicester researcher is trialling the use of social media to enhance feedback -- through the provision of 'feed forward'.

Dr Alan Cann, Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, has recently implemented a network on social aggregator site, FriendFeed with first year students in the School of Biological Sciences, trialling the success of using social media to deliver course-related information and provide a forum for discussion and feedback amongst students via a social media space.

The biology students use FriendFeed for reflection and development through a network of discussion between peers and academics. The social aggregator is used purely for work-related items and has already been a huge success within the department.

Dr Cann commented: "Since we introduced FriendFeed at the beginning of the month, the response has been incredible. Students are on it 24/7 and are being very social but extremely professional with the content of discussions solely work-related.

"I am quite excited about how this is going. An individual's homepage acts as their portfolio by storing all of their posts, forming reflection on what they are doing and explanations of what they do not understand. Only it doesn't feel like they are doing it as they are so used to doing it in a similar manner in their personal lives on Facebook.

"I have never seen anything like this level of interactivity with Blackboard before. It offers a forum for extended discussion, enabling them to have conversations with 200 other people on their course, providing a way for their questions to be answered as well as providing deeper knowledge useful for essays and other assessments."

It is hoped that interactions between staff and students via social networks such as FriendFeed will enhance the student experience, providing more regular feedback for their assessments. Academics will become more easily accessible on social networking sites, joining the online conversation, answering student queries and providing additional pointers leading to 'feed forward' from lectures as well as the traditional feedback, enhancing the discussion and development of students.

Dr Cann and colleagues have previously investigated the educational potential of Twitter praising it as an 'exceptional communication tool within academia'. He has also recently published a paper, 'Google Wave in Education', analysing Google's new social media venture in which he describes the educational potential as 'enormous', however he notes that educators are yet to embrace the potential of delivering a truly collaborative education experience mediated through information technology.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Leicester. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Leicester. "Social networking utilized by academic to improve student satisfaction." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 April 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412084529.htm>.
University of Leicester. (2010, April 12). Social networking utilized by academic to improve student satisfaction. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412084529.htm
University of Leicester. "Social networking utilized by academic to improve student satisfaction." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412084529.htm (accessed April 18, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Mind & Brain News

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Our Love Of Puppy Dog Eyes Explained By Science

Our Love Of Puppy Dog Eyes Explained By Science

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2015) Researchers found a spike in oxytocin occurs in both humans and dogs when they gaze into each other&apos;s eyes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Scientists Find Link Between Gestational Diabetes And Autism

Scientists Find Link Between Gestational Diabetes And Autism

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2015) Researchers who analyzed data from over 300,000 kids and their mothers say they&apos;ve found a link between gestational diabetes and autism. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Video Messages Help Reassure Dementia Patients

Video Messages Help Reassure Dementia Patients

AP (Apr. 17, 2015) Family members are prerecording messages as part of a unique pilot program at the Hebrew Home in New York. The videos are trying to help victims of Alzheimer&apos;s disease and other forms of dementia break through the morning fog of forgetfulness. (April 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Common Pain Reliever Might Dull Your Emotions

Common Pain Reliever Might Dull Your Emotions

Newsy (Apr. 16, 2015) Each week, millions of Americans take acetaminophen to dull minor aches and pains. Now researchers say it might blunt life&apos;s highs and lows, too. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins