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Social Media Learning Theory – a new pedagogical model for 21st century learning

An international team of nursing researchers, led by Siobhan O’Connor, have published a brand new pedagogical theory that helps explain how students learn via social media. As Facebook, Twitter and other social media technologies become more popular among students, educators are starting to incorporate them into higher education to facilitate learning. After undertaking a systematic review on the topic, Siobhan and colleagues found that there were many aspects that help students learn via these online tools. They developed a new Social Media Learning Model to help educators understand the complexities of how students pick up new knowledge and skills by interacting on social media – see diagram below. This should help people create and deliver successful social media interventions in higher and continuing education.



To find out more read their published review which can be accessed in the Journal of Advance Nursing:


O’Connor, S., Jolliffe, S., Stanmore, E., Renwick, L. & Booth, R. (2018). Social media in nursing and midwifery education: a mixed study systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing 74(10), 2273 – 2289.




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