The Use of Social Networking by Students and Staff in Higher Education
From September 2007 new and returning students at the University of Westminster have had a brand new way of staying in touch with their friends and classmates through an innovative new social networking site, Connect. This paper will describe and present an evaluation of the initial use of Connect by staff and students. The nature and success of purely social type communities (e.g. the film club) will be discussed as will the creation and use of study groups that have been set up by students. An analysis of preliminary feedback from students and staff on the value of Connect in both social and academic life will be included.
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