Dear Higher Ed Colleagues & Students ~
I would like to have a discussion with whomever would like to participate about the topic of “boundaries” between students and faculty (or advisers, or other higher ed staff) in higher education when social media comes into play. A few months ago, one of my colleagues made a remark that she was worried about “crossing boundaries” with students in social media spaces. Her comment caused me to consider some questions: Aside from our professional and personal ethical frameworks and institutional policies (and the law), where *are* these boundaries; are they clearly demarcated; and do boundaries become altered in any way if they are within virtual spaces instead of physical spaces?
I’d like to hear others’ perspectives about this topic, so I am posing a few more questions to get our noggins rolling. If you’re willing to chime in, please do so in the comments area. Please also tell us who you are and what perspective you are offering — are you a student (undergrad? grad? adult or “traditional” college student), professor, higher ed staff, or ??? Also, can you share any articles or resources on this topic of boundaries in social media spaces with the rest of us?
Thanks in advance for participating!
To Facilitate Our Conversation … :
1) To what extent are you concerned about boundaries being crossed between students and faculty (or other higher ed staff) in various social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, wikis, YouTube, etc.)? What might your concerns be?
2) What about using social media sites has you more (or less) concerned about boundaries to begin with?
3) Has your thinking about boundaries and privacy and social media shifted at all since you first began using social media? If so, how?
4) What might constitute “crossing a boundary” in a social media site that would be different from crossing a boundary in a physical space for professionals in higher education?
5) What practices do you enact to ensure that you don’t cross boundaries in social media sites?
6) To what extent might the concepts of privacy and boundaries be conflated when considering social media sites?
7) Are there other, or different, questions we should be asking about boundaries between professors and students in social media spaces?
Again, thanks for participating!