Teaching Research Methods with Social Media

  • Kelli S. Burns
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)


Today’s traditional undergraduate students have been raised in a digital world. The class of 2013 was born in approximately 1991, when the Internet was made available for commercial use and reached a penetration of one million computers, Tim Berners-Lee introduced the Web browser, and Linus Torvalds released the first version of the Linux operating system kernel. A lifetime of exposure to technology has created an influx of students to American colleges and universities who are skilled at using the Internet to communicate and access content via computers or handheld devices. As Driscoll (2007) stated:

Today’s tech-savvy student generation is actively participating in social networking and other online communities, so most students not only understand how to use Web 2.0 teaching tools, they thrive in the environment when Web communication solutions are integrated in the classroom, (p. 10)


Social Medium Online Survey Skill Level Voice Over Internet Protocol Message Board 
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