September 10, 2014 7:41 pm
by Tony Doody
Who at the university is best suited to educate students about online citizenship? How can social media be used to improve academic performance and encourage risk-taking and interpersonal growth? What’s the difference between digital identity development and personal branding? On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews Rey Junco about his recently published book, “Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs.“
[buzzsprout episode=’205200′ player=’true’] Professionals in Higher Education often assume extreme positions on the use of social media, (skeptics or crusaders), without much evidence to support their perspective. Rey offers a refreshingly balanced view, informed by years of research and study on the topic. With a shift in student engagement already upon us, our ability to quickly learn new methods and adapt our approach, may well shape our role as educators in the upcoming decade. Young or old, junior or senior, modeling good digital citizenship and behavior online, is not just our role, it is our responsibility. I promise this conversation will challenge your thinking and reveal insights that can increase your impact and effectiveness with students and colleagues.
Rey Junco is an associate professor of education and human computer interaction at Iowa State University and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Rey conducts research on how social media influence youth psychosocial development, engagement, and learning. Rey has found that technology, specifically social media like Facebook and Twitter, can be used in ways that improve engagement, academic performance, and persistence. Rey is also interested in examining how social media affect interpersonal relationships, identity development, online discourse, digital inequalities, and how the use of digital media promotes formal and informal learning. As part of his ongoing research program, Rey is exploring the ability to use trace data to provide real-time and unobtrusive prediction of student outcomes. Rey’s work has been cited in major news outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, PBS, NBC, CNN, Time, US News & World Report, USA Today, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Mashable. Rey is a regular guest on the NPR show, Tell Me More where he discusses how research informs the societal impact of social media use. Rey has given talks, workshops, and lectures at over 50 national and international conferences, universities, and organizations. He enjoys talking about how technology impacts colleges students, using social media in educationally-relevant ways, teaching students about privacy, marketing university programs and services through social media, and developing effective first year seminars. Rey is the author of the book, “Engaging Students Through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs” published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass. He tweets at @reyjunco, can be found at http://www.facebook.com/reyjunco, and blogs at http://blog.reyjunco.com