Launches Infographic Highlighting Professors’ Use of Social Media In and Out of the Classroom

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Based on a recent Pearson study, has created an infographic revealing the ways in which college faculty members have embraced social media.

Social media gives teachers a great way to connect with students inside and outside of the classroom, a leading education website, announced the launch of a new infographic that focuses on professors’ use of social media in higher education. In a recent survey of 2,000 faculty, Pearson researchers found that 80 percent incorporate social media into their teaching. Additionally, 90 percent utilize at least one social media network -- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, or Slidshare -- for personal use.

“The number of professors using social media comes as no surprise,” said Seth Restaino, spokesperson for “Social media gives teachers a great way to connect with students inside and outside of the classroom.“

Nearly 40 percent of professors are leveraging video and more specifically the YouTube platform to teach, while 30 percent of professors use Facebook and 21 percent blog to better engage their students. On the other hand, Twitter sees very little academic use – only 7 percent of professors.

Seventy percent of faculty believe that video, podcasts, blogs and wikis are valuable tools for teaching because they allow for another level of engagement for their students, as well as collaborative learning.

“I was so excited when professors started using social media in my college classes!” shared Ashley Dodge, a 2010 college graduate. “As a journalism major, it enriched my classroom experience because it was more interactive and tied in the most up-to-date technology, which are important elements that I have to use in the workplace.”

For information about this infographic and social media in education, please visit and follow the Twitter account @SchoolsEDU.

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