Use of Social Networking Sites in the Communication Disorders Classroom In this article, I describe a web-based national survey to investigate the social networking practices of university faculty in communication disorders and to determine their perspectives on the use of social networking sites as a potential tool to assist in the learning process. The researcher sent out a total of ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2013
Use of Social Networking Sites in the Communication Disorders Classroom
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  • Allison M. Plumb
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Disclosure: Allison M. Plumb has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Allison M. Plumb has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   June 01, 2013
Use of Social Networking Sites in the Communication Disorders Classroom
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2013, Vol. 16, 17-27. doi:10.1044/ihe16.1.17
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2013, Vol. 16, 17-27. doi:10.1044/ihe16.1.17

In this article, I describe a web-based national survey to investigate the social networking practices of university faculty in communication disorders and to determine their perspectives on the use of social networking sites as a potential tool to assist in the learning process. The researcher sent out a total of 1,974 e-mails and analyzed the information provided by 262 respondents. Although participants indicated that they had accounts with social networking sites for social purposes, they appeared reluctant to use these SNSs as educational tools. Faculty members expressed legitimate concerns over privacy and the potential to disclose personal information that could detract from the student’s view of the faculty member as a professional. I discuss potential solutions to these impediments.

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