Students' privacy concerns on the use of social media in higher education

Laura Aymerich-Franch, Maddalena Fedele

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    © 2014 by IGI Global. All rights reserved. Social media is principally used by students in the private sphere. However, its implementation for educational purposes in higher education is rapidly expanding. This chapter looks into undergraduate students' perceptions of using social media in the university context. In particular, it examines students' privacy concerns regarding faculty use of social networks to support classroom work and video calling or online chats to meet for work discussion. Two-hundred-forty-four undergraduate students completed a survey and four focus groups were carried out. The results reveal that although students generally accept using social media in the instructional arena, privacy concerns can easily emerge. Educational institutions are encouraged to take these concerns seriously. Using applications specifically created for learning purposes and developing some guidelines for a correct implementation of these resources for the faculty to follow might contribute to alleviate these concerns.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCutting-Edge Technologies and Social Media Use in Higher Education
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2014

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