Supporting Student Transition through Social Media

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Woodley, Carolyn and Meredith, CaAtherine (2011) Supporting Student Transition through Social Media. In: Conference Proceedings of the 22nd ISANA International Education Conference, 29 November - 2 December 2011. Richardson, Katie and Chang, Shanton, eds. ISANA International Education Inc., Hobart.


The use of social media and, specifically, Facebook has grown exponentially in all facets of the educ ation sector. Facebook is yet another medium through which universities can offer students support, information and a place to interact with each other, university support staff and resources. Students in transition have been identified as a particular coh ort that can benefit from the creative use of social media. Despite considerable concerns about Facebook, this medium provides an efficient and cost effective additional interactive point of engagement to support student transition to university . Faceboo k provides some s tudents who may be without a social network, a group which is more likely to abandon university or feel isolated at university, with “a sense of belonging to a group and [as well as] relationships with peers ” (Adams et al. 2010: 7). The Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne has had a Facebook site since 2008. This site has doubled in Friends in the last year and international students, both in Melbourne and offshore, are overrepresented as Faculty Facebook Friends. This paper examines the Faculty's site and offers a general analysis of Facebook usage with a focus on international students‟ use of the site . Student perspectives on the faculty site are also provided which highlight the frequency and constancy with which some students access Facebook. The discussion explores ethical and educational qualms about using Facebook in a university context as well as some more technical and cultural concerns about using Facebook to support students offshore. ---- Conference held 29/11/2011-02/12/2011, Wrest Point Convention Centre, Hobart.

Item type Book Section
Official URL
ISBN 9780975718070 (online)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Current > Division/Research > Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
Keywords ResPubID24456, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, social networking, international students
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