This blog is rapidly turning into a set of statistics on the use of social technologies… so I think this will be the last post on that theme for a while. The graph below comes from an eMarketer article but I was pointed in that direction during a fruitless search for something else (below) which landed me at the US Students Affairs Blog
The object of my search was more information on an article read (but not available online) in this week’s Times Higher Education. A university of York sociology researcher has written a paper suggesting the university should appoint “facebook strategists” to keep up-to-date in the development of social technologies such as Facebook & YouTube. The strategists should also be involved in writing guidelines for staff and students on how they should interact with each via these sites.
Guidelines maybe, as long as that is all they are, nothing too prescriptive: “Thou shalt not request friendship with your students”! I would say this, but more staff development sessions are needed as well of course. The first hurdle is that the majority of staff and many students still don’t know what all this stuff is.