Leveraging social media to enhance african american students' learning

Ingrid Sturgis, M.A.

May 12, 2012

Video Segments

  1. How do millennial students use social media?
  2. How do African American students use social media?
  3. What social media do African American students prefer?
  4. To what extent do professors teach with social media?
  5. Why should professors include social media in their teaching?
  6. How can you incorporate social media in your teaching?


Student use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Docs has skyrocketed in the last ten years. According to Dr. Ingrid Sturgis, Assistant Professor of Journalism, faculty cannot afford to ignore this phenomenon, especially among African American students, who use social media even more than white students. Therefore, in this video, Dr. Sturgis explains which social media African American students prefer and how they use these media. Then she documents the extent to which professors are teaching with social media, pointing out why more professors should incorporate social media in their teaching. To encourage more professors to adopt social media, she concludes with tips and resources for teaching with social media and avoiding the risks.