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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040194

Social Media Use in Higher Education: A Review

Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, School of Sciences, University of Thessaly, 35131 Lamia, Greece
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Received: 14 August 2018 / Revised: 31 October 2018 / Accepted: 1 November 2018 / Published: 5 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology-enhanced Learning in Media Studies)
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Abstract

Nowadays, social networks incessantly influence the lives of young people. Apart from entertainment and informational purposes, social networks have penetrated many fields of educational practices and processes. This review tries to highlight the use of social networks in higher education, as well as points out some factors involved. Moreover, through a literature review of related articles, we aim at providing insights into social network influences with regard to (a) the learning processes (support, educational processes, communication and collaboration enhancement, academic performance) from the side of students and educators; (b) the users’ personality profile and learning style; (c) the social networks as online learning platforms (LMS—learning management system); and (d) their use in higher education. The conclusions reveal positive impacts in all of the above dimensions, thus indicating that the wider future use of online social networks (OSNs) in higher education is quite promising. However, teachers and higher education institutions have not yet been highly activated towards faster online social networks’ (OSN) exploitation in their activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media; social networks; higher education social media; social networks; higher education
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Zachos, G.; Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, E.-A.; Anagnostopoulos, I. Social Media Use in Higher Education: A Review. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 194.

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