Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Adult education--Computer network resources; Online social networks; Internet in education; Social media; Sociotechnical systems; Continuing education;
The changing world of technology and the increasing use of social media for learning are present among a multitude of identified generations. Adult learning and the approach to which learning is facilitated has changed greatly in recent years due to emerging technologies. This literature review presents evidence of each generation's learning style. The integration of social media into learning environments supports Personal Learning Networks for any age demographic. This review of literature is based on published literature including peer-reviewed scholarly journals, books, and reputable websites. The reviewer found social media is not used equally among generational demographics. Social media's impact to each generation depends on the relevance it has to each generation. It was found that further research is needed in regard to social media and Personal Learning Networks for each generation.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Leigh E. Zeitz
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©2010 John A. Engelhart
Engelhart, John A., "Developing personal learning networks through social media as an effective learning strategy across generational demographics" (2010). Graduate Research Papers. 178.