Importance of Social Media in Higher Education

Importance of Social Media in Higher Education

                       We are living in a globalised world of science and Technology. Where Sense of responsibility and act of responsibility is now very closely connected because of the Transformative world-wide culture. Internet and computer has played the tremendous role in changing the Traditional society in a Modern pattern of act. Education in today’s scenario is the basic need of human beings. This is through education only one can achieve his goals in such a huge competitive world. This is the time of investigating the possibilities of using the web/social media as a tool of e learning in the higher education system of our country. This may be the one of the biggest educational chain or platform of collective learning system.
                        The University Grant Commission has already started his work on “E- PathShala” with the slogan of - skill India and Digital India. This is the need of time to get familiar with what we exactly need to compete in today’s world.  Obligations and commitments are the part of the system, so we need not to get worry about that. Use of social or web media in modern education pattern is the necessity and the future of the society. A knowledge based society can be built only by the tool of education. This is why the government of India is planning to increase the GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio) from 12% to 30% till 2020 as per the survey report of “About All India Survey on Higher Education” available on  http://mhrd.gov.in/statist.  In our country near about 140 million students are in school Education and approximately 800 universities are functioning throughout the country. Education is the only tool through which we can make 21st Century as an Indian Century.
                      Web or Social Media is playing tremendous role in today’s society. there are some definitions of web or social media such as:
·         As per the definition given by the “Merriam Webster” in their online dictionary at the web link http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20media is
“Forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)”

·         As per the definition given by the “Oxford Dictionary” in their online dictionary at the web link http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/social-media  is “Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.”
In the view of above definition, we can say that social media has given the platform for collective learning. One question can be asked that why social media has become so important in these days? According to me following factors are responsible for the same
1.      Social media as an alternate.
2.      Social media and its reach.
3.      Social media and its connectivity.
4.      Social media and availability.
5.      Social media and feedback.
6.      Social media: beyond the boundaries.
7.      Social media: cheapest tool.
8.      Social media: as a collective platform.
9.      Social media and expression of thoughts
10.  Social media: As a knowledge Gateway.



                       It has been observed that in whole world social media has become very popular among the youth. Though still there is big gap between their online activities and in their study. But both the things can be get connected and concept like “Global Learning System” may come into the existence with much more popular way than the “Traditional Learning System”. Lot of research efforts throughout the world has proved that social media platform is more effective for collective learning system. Here student’s participation is more focused and they act as a co- producers of content. Video and image blogging has made the learning system more live and graceful. Study-interaction and collaboration is happening on one platform, which is transparent and democratic in nature.

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