Professors With Personal Tweets Get High Credibility Marks – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Interesting study into the impact of social media on education.  The article doesn’t go into depth about research methodology, of course, so the results need to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt, but it certainly raises some interesting questions.  I have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and FourSquare accounts, as well as this blog, so I’m obviously comfortable with using social media, although I still am very conscious about posting personal information, particularly on Twitter, where you can’t control easily access to your tweets.  I’ve always believed in maintaining a line between your professional and personal identity with students, as I think it’s dangerous to get too personal when you have to evaluate people’s work.  I was raised in a very formal learning environment where the roles of the participants were very clearly delineated; I actually appreciated that structure, as you knew where you stood.  In graduate programs, particularly in a smaller School, the lines between student and faculty can get quite blurry; should we be in a rush to blur those lines any further, I wonder?

Professors With Personal Tweets Get High Credibility Marks – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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