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Active Voice: Social Media in the Classroom – Perhaps more than just "Social"

from By Yuri Feito, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Yuri Feito, Ph.D., M.P.H., ACSM-RCEP, CES, is an assistant professor of exercise science at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. He is a proponent of social media to provide a ‘bridge’ between scientific knowledge and skill application for his students. Dr. Feito, an ACSM member, earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His current research interests include the role of social media as a pedagogical tool to promote engagement and professional collaboration among students and peers.

This commentary, along with two others scheduled to appear in SMB this summer, relate to a special symposium on the topic of teaching innovations in exercise science that Dr. Feito and two of his ACSM colleagues presented as part of the 2013 program at the Annual Meeting of the SEACSM.

Over the last decade, the use of social media has increased substantially with sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest among the most popular. Today, most young adults are online and regularly browse the World Wide Web. As expected, these young adults lead the way using wireless technologies, and over 50% have access to the Web on a portable device such as a laptop or cell phone. This trend may not change any time soon, as one in every four teens connects to the Internet mostly using a cell phone. more

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