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Twitter: What is it good for? Using social media to foster retention and learning for journalism students

Harrison, S (2012) Twitter: What is it good for? Using social media to foster retention and learning for journalism students. Journalism Education, 1 (1). pp. 61-67.

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Abstract

The issue of student engagement is one of the most crucial in HE, as it is intimately linked to both retention and learning. Previous studies have underlined the value of community in fostering engagement. This project draws on the concept of “ambient awareness” (exemplified here by the Twitter service) to argue that such social networks engender “ambient communities” and hence can perform similar functions to a traditional community in relation to engagement. Finally a pilot study among second year journalism students uses Twitter to explore the practical implications of this approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media; Twitter; journalism; student engagement; community; student retention
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Liverpool Screen School
Publisher: Association for Journalism Education
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 10:41
Editors: Frost, C and Temple, M and McKay, J and Allan, S
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1960

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