Social Media in Higher Education: Case Studies, Reflections and Analysis

Social Media in Higher Education: Case Studies, Reflections and Analysis Chris Rowell (ed.)

An experiment in form and content, its aim is to be a guide and map of some of the opportunities to develop more open and networked practices while navigating the potential downsides of social media including perceived loss of privacy and amplification of disadvantage and abuse. It is an excellent and accessible starting point for as well as route to deeper understanding and more sophisticated use of social media.

    —Prof. Shân Wareing, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University

How does social media affect working life in Higher Education? How are universities harnessing its power to aid student learning? This innovative collection brings together academics and those working in professional services to examine these questions and more. The diverse and expert contributors analyse the many ways social media can be used to enhance teaching and learning, research, professional practice, leadership, networking and career development. The impact of social media is evaluated critically, with an eye both to the benefits and the problems of using these new forms of digital communication.

This is the first volume to give such detailed attention to this area of high interest. Its innovative approach extends to its creation, with contributors found via their presence on Twitter. The short and impactful chapters are accessible while retaining an academic focus through their application of relevant learning theory and educational context.

Social Media and Higher Education is essential reading for any professional working in higher education, including lecturers teaching education courses. It is also significant for researchers looking at more recent developments in higher education and what it means to work in a modern higher education environment.

Social Media in Higher Education: Case Studies, Reflections and Analysis
Edited by Chris Rowell | Forthcoming 2019
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-668-2
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-669-9
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-78374-670-5
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-78374-671-2
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-78374-672-9
ISBN XML: 978-1-78374-673-6
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0162
BIC: JN (Education), JNM (Higher and further education, tertiary education), JNV (Educational equipment and technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)), UBW (Internet: general works); BISAC: EDU000000 (EDUCATION / General), EDU015000 (EDUCATION / Higher), COM060140 (COMPUTERS / Web / Social Media)

Chris Rowell is an Academic Developer in Digital Enhanced Learning at London South Bank University.  Previously he was Learning Technology Manager at Regent’s University in London, a Lecturer in Economics (1990- 2005) and a Lecturer in Education (2005-2010) at the University Centre Croydon. Currently he is completing a Doctorate in Education at the Institute of Education at UCL. His research interests are all things to do with learning technology, more specifically the use and evaluation of social media by staff and students in Higher Education. He is also editor of the Association for Learning Technology’s (ALT) blog. You can find him on twitter @chri5rowell and blogging at