Social Media Project Update#2

So great news on this project front.  I will be presenting at the Massachusetts Community College Teaching, Learning, & Student Development Conference 2013 in April.   The focus is on social media and faculty/student engagement and I plan on bringing this research into the discussion. Below is the title and abstract.

Title:  Where Faculty Fear to Tread:  Role Modeling Civility in a Digital World

The rhetoric of social media boils down to being a miracle of the modern age or a clear sign of society’s self-destructive tendencies.  To this end, faculty and schools often fail in engaging their students through social media in meaningful ways.  So while colleges help equip students for the physical world, they poorly prepare them for the digital world.  This presentation looks at the ways and the whys for faculty and colleges to maintain a strong social media presence to aid and act as a role model for students in the digital world.  Just like faculty role model in students’ physical worlds, it becomes increasing important for faculty to be role models as digital citizens and work to develop students’ digital identities.  In an age in which applicants are Googled by interviewers, it’s important that faculty guide and encourage students to consciously maintain a public identity that both speaks to who they are and how they conduct themselves in this ambiguous and emerging new public sphere.  This workshop will address some of the concerns and misaligned fears about social media, identify some of the reasons and ways faculty can role model good digital identity, and provide some ways of constructing clear guidelines about productive social media between faculty and students.

So there has been some great response through email, Facebook, and in the comments sections by people about the project.  Since the last update on this project, I am now just under 140 participants that have filled out the survey.  That's great, but I'd really like to get more.  To that end I'm making March 1 the last day for submissions and I'm hoping that I can double the number of entries that I currently have, if not more.  So please, keep sharing this along and sending it to faculty and students.

For those that want to familiarize yourself with the original post or take the survey (or send the survey along to others, here is the information on that:

A few people have asked me about what they could do to help to support it and get more attention:

  1. Share a link on Facebook with your endorsement to this post (, the original call for participants (, or to the survey itself (
  2. Tweet about it with hashtags related to your school, discipline, or technology (2 good sources for relevant hashtags are Inside Higher Ed's Twitter Directory and Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags In Education).
  3. Post it to your Google+ account.
  4. Like it on Stumble.
  5. Give it credit on Reddit (
  6. Post it to your LinkedIn and/or Academia.Edu accounts.
  7. Post it to relevant Groups/Communities that you belong to on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and other social networks.
  8. Write about it or mention it on your own blog (and email me so I can give you props here).
  9. Post it on any other online forum that hasn't yet been mentioned but you are now thinking in your head, "Gee, I wonder if I should post it here."
  10. Take the following message and email it to your colleagues, instructors, or students (past and present).

A colleague/friend/acquaintance/stranger of mine is exploring interaction between college faculty and students via social media.  If you are a faculty member that uses social media with your students OR if you are a student who has used social media to interact with one or more faculty, would you mind filling out this brief (10 questions) survey?

If you'd like to know more about the project, you can check it the description here.


I appreciate all of your efforts and help thus far.  Seeing that people have filled out this survey from all over the world is pretty cool and the comments are absolutely fascinating.  As I move forward, I will be using this blog as a central place to share the data and results.  Be sure to subscribe to the site (upper right hand corner) by email or RSS feed to keep abreast of the future results.

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