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

Evaluating the Unit-Based Approach

Considerations for Adoption

The unit-based approach to digital identity education is efficient and cost-effective, but its reach may be limited at some institutions.

Individual units already offer programs that can be leveraged to educate students about digital identity. Additionally, student affairs leaders can focus on getting buy-in from a small handful of units rather than every area of campus.

Nevertheless, units within student affairs remain limited in their ability to reach a critical mass of the campus population. Decentralizing digital identity education may also create inconsistent messaging that dilutes the lessons students learn. Finally, some student affairs units may feel overburdened by a new terrain in which they are expected to work.

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Documenting Community Standards for Social Media Conduct

Developing a Campus-Wide Student Initiative