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Social Media, Digital Identity, and Student Learning Outcomes

Topics: Social Media, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Retention and Success, Career Services, Academic Support Programs, Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

Conduits for Social Media Education

RAs Can Serve as Peer Advisers for Student Digital Identity Development

At some institutions, staff-driven social media education may be met with resistance from students. In these cases, a student-to-student approach will better achieve institutional goals.

Because students tend to view social media as their own territory, resident advisers (RAs) can serve as effective conduits for digital identity education. RAs typically manage conflicts, recognize bullying, encourage healthy behaviors, and help students understand the impact of their behavior on the community. These competencies translate well to digital channels.

RAs can reach students through a variety of programs, such as mandatory hall meetings, roommate mediation sessions, and community events. In fact, simply modeling good behavior may be the most effective form of digital identity education that RAs can provide.

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