Education, Teaching

Students Push Their Facebook Use Further Into Course Work

This article discusses how university students are increasingly using Facebook to discuss homework assignments and exams. “More than 30 percent of students say they use sites such as Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Google+. Nearly a quarter of students report using social studying sites, such as CourseHero and GradeGuru, and 11 percent say they wish instructors would incorporate these sites into the curriculum more often.”  It’s not clear to what extent this use of technology may impact upon matters of academic integrity. I have discussion boards for assignment questions where students can ask me general questions; if the questions are too specific, then I direct them to contact me in person, but I make it clear that any answers should come from me.  This sounds a bit controlling, perhaps, but I discourage students from using our online discussion boards to discuss assignments amongst themselves, since it becomes difficult to determine how much of the student’s work is his or her own; furthermore, sometimes students given themselves incorrect advice with unfortunate results for the accuracy of their work.

Below is the infographic that summarizes students’ use of technology:




2 thoughts on “Students Push Their Facebook Use Further Into Course Work”

  1. The growing use of social media for coursework purposes does pose a question of academic integrity. I guess what it boils down to is that with or without technology students who want to cheat will find a way to do it. Sure technology makes it easier, which makes teaching the importance of academic integrity that much more critical.

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