Application of Social Networking as a Reflective Learning and Critical Thinking Tool

Les Pang
University of Maryland University College, United States of America


Educators seek ways to improve the learning process such as stimulating students’ interest in subject matter, helping students visualize concepts, and heightening student-student and student-instructor engagement and collaboration. One valuable approach is through the application of technology. The objective of this research is to evaluate the use of Twitter, a social networking technology, in a graduate level online class to support reflective learning and critical thinking. It describes a study in which students participated in a weekly learning activity in which they would share their reflections from the course through the use of Twitter messages and demonstrate critical thinking. A survey was conducted to capture student reactions to the use of this social networking media for these purposes.

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