The Role of Social Media In Community Colleges: A Strategy for Increasing African American Male Student Engagement and Persistence

The new phenomenon of digital learning and the future of higher education is the new topic of the 21st century.  It is amazing to learn about new development of open-source learning, virtual learning concepts that were already in place and students who are already benefiting from that experience of learning thorough social networking.  A growing  movement is taking place, from MIT, Stanford, and many more colleges worldwide including entrepreneurs are looking towards social media to transform higher education (Kamenetz, 2010).  I’m so much more excited and optimistic about the future of education, that I know start to view education and technology in a different way.

During the last ten years a mass of different social media applications has flooded the world wide web, enabling users’ creativity to discover and share new information (Davis III, C.H.F., Deil-Amen, R., Rios-Aguilar, C., & González Canché, M, 2012).  To me that indicates that there is a great opportunity to expose this new learning  opportunity to African American males that is lacking to “achieve the dream” in our community colleges. We must find alternative means to engage African American male students  through social media by incorporating real learning communities via the web.

Research Questions

R1.      What is the frequency of  African American male  community college student usage of online social networking for:

a. General purposes?

b. Academic purposes?

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