Keynote at the 2013 Teaching & Learning to the Power of Technology Conference at Saskatchewan, Canada.
Abstract: The last ten years have seen dramatic changes in the ways millions of individuals connect, communicate, and network via technology and through social media. Social media have also penetrated the higher education sector, and it has been posited that they have influenced not only the ways students connect with each other, but also the ways scholarship is organized, delivered, enacted, and experienced. In this keynote, I will share six research-based stories describing the integration and use of social media in higher education. These stories paint an intricate picture of the use of social media in education and juxtapose three perspectives: (a) social media use guided by techno-enthusiasm and techno-determinism, (b) social media as tools to question and circumvent traditional elements of scholarly practice, and (c) social media as transformative technology.