Twitter creates ‘new academic hierarchies’, suggests study
April 26, 2016
Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology Dr. George Veletsianos' co-authored research was featured in a Times Higher Education article March 23 about education scholars and their use of Twitter as a means to judge research impact.
Here is an excerpt:
The study, which covered Twitter users who had tweeted about the 2014 American Educational Research Association conference, found that lecturers and professors tended to have significantly more followers than postgraduates: 557, on average, versus 36.
The analysis, by George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, and Royce Kimmons, assistant professor in instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University, is published in Internet and Higher Education.
Dr. Veletsianos told Times Higher Education that the research demonstrated how Twitter was “not an equalizing force” and instead “may recreate or foster alternative hierarchical structures.”