Wednesday, January 29

The Wonderful World of Social Media & Faculty Development

Lindsay Curtis

by Lindsay Curtis

Social media is ubiquitous; nearly every facet of our lives has been touched by it in some way. In the last decade, there has been explosive growth in the use of social media sites, with an estimated 2.65 billion users in 2018 — and this number is expected to reach almost 3.1 billion in 2021. In the United States, the average user spends approximately 1 hour and 57 minutes on social media each day. 

Social media and faculty development: an unlikely pair? 

As social media continues to grow in popularity, it has become increasingly important for those of us working in higher education to explore the exciting opportunities new technologies bring to institutions, educators, and students. We know that faculty and administrators use social media sites for their various personal, professional, teaching, and research needs. One of the more creative ways we’ve seen social media being used in recent history is for faculty development. 

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