US faculty social media use grows, concerns remain

October 18, 2013

Faculty members in the US have become "sophisticated consumers of social media," matching different sites to their various personal and professional needs, yet obstacles to wider adoption still remain, reveals a recent study. The annual survey of nearly 8,000 teaching faculty examined both the personal and professional impacts of social media. Some key findings include: 55% of faculty use social media in a professional context, up from 44.7% last year; only 41% of faculty use social media in the classroom, but this number continues to increase year-over-year; concerns remain about privacy, maintaining the classroom as a private space for free and open discussion, and the integrity of student submissions; and faculty believe that online and mobile technologies can be distracting, and say they result in longer working hours and increased stress. Pearson News Release | Study Webpage (registration required)