A New Perspective

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

Documenting Community Standards for Social Media Conduct

Four Approaches Emerging in the Field

Institutions have adopted a range of policies and guidelines to govern student social media conduct and document community standards for that conduct.

Most institutions include social networking and online communications in their acceptable use policies. Some institutions supplement this with social media guidelines that describe expectations for behavior and suggest strategies for positive use. Others explicitly mention how the student code of conduct applies to online communications. Finally, some institutions combine all of the above approaches into comprehensive efforts to support constructive online behavior.

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Promoting Accountability and Awareness Online

Evaluating the Unit-Based Approach