Social Networking in Higher Education: A Knowledge Convergence Platform

Vladlena Benson, Stephanie Morgan, Hemamali Tennakoon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

6 Citations (Scopus)


With the increasing infiltration of online social networking into the everyday life of the younger generation, higher education appears to be a lucrative platform for deploying social networks in an academic context. This paper suggests research questions and opens a discussion in relation to managing knowledge on online social networking in academic settings and beyond. Extant research provides a useful lens into the applications of social networking sites in learning and teaching or at the stages of employability and career management in student life. A limited consideration in current research has been given to exploring capabilities of social networking for lifelong learning and its role in the entire student lifecycle. The potential opened by online social networking in the area of knowledge accumulation and knowledge sharing is yet to be properly addressed by researchers. Therefore more attention is needed to identify the overarching issues of social networking applications in Higher Education (HE) settings. Based on a broad literature review this paper draws attention to some implications for HE institutions of exploiting knowledge resources with online social networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems, E-learning, and Knowledge Management Research
Subtitle of host publication4th World Summit on the Knowledge Society WSKS 2011 Mykonos, Greece, September 21-23, 2011. Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMiltiadis D. Lytras, Da Ruan, Robert D. Tennyson, Patricia Ordonez De Pablos, Francisco José García Peñalvo, Lazar Rusu
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783642358791
ISBN (Print)9783642358784
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event4th World Summit on the Knowledge Society - Mykonos, Greece
Duration: 21 Sept 201123 Sept 2011

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference4th World Summit on the Knowledge Society
Abbreviated titleWSKS 2011


  • educational technology
  • employability
  • Knowledge management
  • online social networking
  • social capital
  • student lifecycle


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