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Using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Technologies in the Classroom: A Comparison of Faculty and Student Perceptions

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Technology Futuristic Planning

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Engineering Technology

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25.1447.1 - 25.1447.19



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Tiffany Fisher Indiana University-Purdue University, Indiananpolis

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Tiffany Fisher is a first-year graduate student pursuing her M.S. in technology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is currently employed by Indiana University Health as a Business Analyst in their Information Services Project Management Office.

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Wanda L. Worley Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis


Eugenia Fernandez Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Eugenia Fernandez is an Associate Professor of computer and information technology and Chair of the Department of Computer, Information, and Leadership Technology in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is a Fellow of the Mack Center at Indiana University for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning and an Editor of the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning related to learning with technology.

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Using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Technologies in the Classroom: A Comparison of Faculty and Student PerceptionsMany collegiate faculty members within have been faced with a “regular struggle to get studentsto ask questions and participate in discussions” (Roca, 2010, p. 185). As a result, studentengagement is “becoming increasingly important in higher education…[and the] traditionallecture-only format is losing its prevalence in the classroom” (Roca, 2010, p. 185-6). Thetransition away from traditional educational methods has generated increased discussion over theidea of incorporating tools typically used for social interactions, such as Web 2.0 and SocialNetworking Technology (SNT), into educational settings. This paper investigates whether thereis a significant difference between the perceptions of Engineering and Technology faculty andstudents in regards to the appropriateness of using Web 2.0 and SNT in university settings.Data in the study was obtained from a survey sent to all faculty and students in a School ofEngineering and Technology at a large urban university in the Midwest. The resulting sampleconsisted of 65 faculty members and 155 students. The 30 question survey was intended todetermine the faculty and students’ current uses and familiarity with SNT and Web 2.0 as well asgauge the perceptions of the appropriateness of these technologies for academic use.By examining the appropriateness of Web 2.0 and SNT in the classroom environment, this studyhas the potential to enable university faculty to make informed decisions on how to engage theirtechnology-savvy students. If there is a strong desire to integrate these technologies amongfaculty and students, the possibility exists for better student engagement and new teachingmethodologies can be developed as a result to meet the needs of both faculty and students.Reference:Roca, K. A., (2010). Student participation in the college classroom: An extendedmultidisciplinary literature review. Communication Education, 59(2), 185-213.

Fisher, T., & Worley, W. L., & Fernandez, E. (2012, June), Using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Technologies in the Classroom: A Comparison of Faculty and Student Perceptions Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22204

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