Millennials increasingly rely on social media to find and read information while they’re at school. However, they’re also learning through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
How Social Media Plays A Role In Promoting Online Learning
By Nick Slay
Studies show that young people today spend a large majority of their waking hours on social media. Research also finds that they engage in video chat or video communication with their peers an average of 400 times per day.
Whether or not they attend college is a question that some people ask themselves in school, or when evaluating an opportunity to take community college classes in the future. With all of the technological advancements and advances in the digital world, the hours spent on the computer at home are becoming a thing of the past. Having an active social media presence is no longer a passive, casual activity that occurs on a regular basis. Rather, they are becoming becoming heavily utilized for opportunities to earn, intern, and learn.
Consequently, in addition to continuing to grapple with how they view school, the topics they discover online affect the attitudes, choices, and, ultimately, outcomes of some of the choices they make.
Need to Improve For Success?
Time spent on social media has many business profiles chiming in about how the person is spending their time. In fact, students looking to improve their grades will come across this type of information in their campus computer labs.
Social media profiles tend to depict individuals as professional, which usually includes having a strong GPA and something a good one of them in the college community can be considered a “good catch.”
Going to a larger, more traditional university for graduate school is likely less likely with future students with a community college track record. Students with a poor GPA in previous classes at a smaller school in the community may find that the options available in larger communities are less favorable.
Without having seen peers in their colleges (if they’re not a part of their schools’ communities), it’s difficult to gauge how often participants engage in the online activities that occur in colleges.
Public Interest or Self Interest?
While companies are doing everything they can to promote their platforms, social media is becoming increasingly important for a number of consumer and social and global, historical, and cultural reasons.
National history professor Margie Hunt emphasizes that social media is an important tool in education because it has led to many conversations between teachers and students that otherwise would not have happened. She also points out that although this can help new graduates, it has made some events more public so that social media can be utilized by educators for the betterment of society and the educational process.
As public interest and private interests on social media can go beyond stating an opinion or a feeling. It can often mean that an individual is willing to stand up for the causes or activities they care about. While this could hinder the academic evaluation process, it’s also opened a lot of doors and opportunities for people to start opening businesses, conduct research, or speak publicly about their social causes, political beliefs, or even family life.
Continuing to use social media may not make the admissions process as stringent. While you might not have to submit a master’s thesis or present a short essay in person, LinkedIn and other online platforms can be used to collect and send in data for a variety of purposes.
While these tools can open the door to some very interesting aspects of social media, they are not nearly as sure-fire as they might seem.
Some of the most popular colleges often have a very low percentage of students who are enrolled in non-traditional and alternative modes of learning. Within some areas of the nation, students are attending community colleges at higher rates than they are attending four-year colleges. The efficiency of providing, with real time results, courses for credit is another motivation for students to choose an alternative system.
As technology like social media gains more prominence and more users, we’ll continue to explore and discover how it impacts education, careers, and our future.