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TechTrends

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 301–307 | Cite as

Information Policy and Social Media: Accept or Decline

  • Dian WalsterEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

In this article I examine how intersections between information policy and social media affect professional ethics and instructional decision making as considered through the lens of professional development and continuing education. The discussion uses techniques from autoethnography such as personal narrative, figurative language and scenarios. Data are extracted from my field notes, observations and writings. My experiences as an instructor of information policy and as an academic with a Ph.D. in Educational Communication and Technology who teaches online courses to graduate professional learners are included. My conclusions are: (1) The formal information policies of social media platforms create an environment requiring instructors to apply professional ethics considerations when deciding how students will use social media platforms. (2) The informal information policies which students hold affect their responses to the information policies of social media platforms used for educational purposes. (3) Instructors can examine the intersections of information policies, professional ethics and student preferences to aid their instructional decision making regarding the integration of social media platforms into professional development and continuing education.

Keywords

Information policy Information privacy Information security Information storage Social media 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The author declares she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.

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© Association for Educational Communications & Technology 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Library and Information ScienceDetroitUSA

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