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Published on Nov 14, 2016
How do students and professors use social media in authentic contexts? And how does this change over time? As part of our attempt to better understand how social technologies and online networks integrate into scholars’ lives, we examined the tweets shared during the 2014 and 2015 American Educational Research Associations (AERA) annual conferences (#aera14 and #aera15). We found that backchannels are a venue for both scholarly and non-scholarly communications, with both academics and non-academics contributing to the conference hashtags. Rather than using the backchannel to simply promote their work, academics engaged in a variety of conversations, with professors more likely to post tweets related to topical current events, and students more likely to target their posts to educational groups and communities.
This is a video summary of: Kimmons, R. & Veletsianos, G. (2016). Education Scholars’ Evolving Uses of Twitter as a Conference Backchannel and Social Commentary Platform. British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(3), 445—464.