Therefore, the purpose of this article is to examine the role of social networking in education and demonstrate how social network sites (SNS) can be used in a college classroom setting. To do this, existing research relating to SNS and education is discussed, and the primary advantages and disadvantages of using SNS in the classroom are explored.
In our view, SNS, such as Facebook, offer unique opportunities for education: facilitating communication, fostering a learning community, and promoting twenty-first century literacies.
Anecdotally, some professors reported that having a Facebook profile facilitates student interaction because it makes them more accessible and relatable
Students also need to learn how to professionally use SNS as it continues to be integrated into all parts of our lives. Students should be able to recognize that there needs to be a division of one's personal and professional identity online and find ways to protect and manage their digital selves. Moreover, students also need to appreciate the potential role that social network sites can play in the job hiring process.
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