The Student, the Private and the Professional Role: Students' Social Media Use
Education and Information Technologies Volume 21, Number 6, ISSN 1360-2357
Research has shown that students perceive a distinct divide between educational and private use of social media. The present study explores this divide by focusing on master students' perception of roles when using social media in a higher education context. A qualitative method has been used, mainly comprising of analyses of home exams and interviews, which were conducted with students enrolled in the master's course "Social media technologies". Results support previous research stating that students perceived a distinct divide between educational and private use of social media, and furthermore provide a more detailed understanding of this divide. The results from the study also indicate that there is yet another type of use: social media as a tool for career-building purposes, or what is labeled as "professional use". Implications of social media for use in higher education are described through the analysis of three roles as performed by the individual: the "student role" in educational settings, the "professional role" for career-building, and the "private role".
Josefsson, P., Hrastinski, S., Pargman, D. & Pargman, T.C. (2016). The Student, the Private and the Professional Role: Students' Social Media Use. Education and Information Technologies, 21(6), 1583-1594.