MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Social Media and International Students: Implications for Global Citizenship
International students spend much of their time in the digital environment. Yet, there is not a lot of understanding about how international students socialise online. This presentation highlights the results from a survey of 6699 international students in Australia (across different educational sectors). The results show that while some international students have great diversity in their social networks, other have networks that are more culturally limited. Depending on the nature of their social networks, international students report differences in the extent to which they interact with diverse cultures. Therefore, it is important to recognise the different social networks and how they may have an impact on the development of cultural competencies and global citizens. Recommendations for how to expand on the social networks of international students will be shared to enhance cultural competencies.
1. Participants will be introduced to the latest research on the use of social media by international students. This will enhance understanding of the online experiences of students.
2. The social networks of international students will be highlighted, including the limitations of these networks.
3. These online social networks have direct impacts on how international students interact across cultures and therefore, it's important for program to address the limitations of these networks.
A/Prof Shanton Chang
School of Computing and Information Systems
The University of Melbourne
Assoc Professor Shanton Chang is an academic at The University of Melbourne. He is a former Assistant Dean (International) at the University. He has more than 20 years of experience in International Education. He currently researches on the Online Behaviours and Information Seeking Behaviours of International Students.