Social media are now seen as important tools for education as they can assist students in self-study and in clarifying their misapprehension. Nowadays, social media is increasingly utilised for educational purposes, especially by university students. According to this reality, this paper analyses the impact of social media on university students and its effects on students' learning during college studies. The purpose of this study is, therefore, to examine whether social media play positive or negative effects on university students’ academic achievement. This paper is, then, divided into three parts. Firstly, the impact of social media on students' overall academic engagement will be examined by analysing the ways social media facilitates the participation and collaboration abilities of students. Secondly, the essay will discuss the impact of social media on students' academic results and achievements. Moreover, a comparative analysis of both the positive and negative effects of social media will be undertaken. The study concludes that to reduce the distractions of social media, not only students' self-management is necessary, but also educators' guidance function can not be ignored.
Ying Guo, Monash University, Australia
Stream: Educational change through technologies
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