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The Impact of Social Media on Policy Decisions in International Higher Education

The Impact of Social Media on Policy Decisions in International Higher Education
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Author(s): Pamela A. Lemoine (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA), P. Thomas Hackett (Columbus University, USA)and Michael D. Richardson (Columbus University, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 27
Source title: Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Siran Mukerji (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)and Purnendu Tripathi (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0672-0.ch009


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The infusion of technology is one of the major ironies of modern education because technology has changed delivery techniques for higher education. The technological revolution of the past two decades has changed communication in contemporary educational settings, particularly higher education. Educators are teaching how to live successfully in a future that is increasingly ambiguous and fast-paced. That is a formidable task in the quickly changing world of technology where educators must prepare students to be able to find the information they need and the knowledge of how to analyze appropriately, not just to regurgitate facts. Technology offers college students an array of options to socialize, network, stay informed and connected, but they come with risks and consequences. As social media use by students becomes more established, educators in higher education are pursuing methods to continue significant and appropriate contact with their audience and are shifting from the acquisition of skills so prevalent in today's colleges to a true learning design focused on technology.

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