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Integrating Social Media Into an Online Academic Program

Smith, Shelly; Buchanan, Holly

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000387

There is a noticeable gap in the literature regarding the programmatic integration of social media into health sciences education. Networked participatory scholarship theory supports the use of social media in higher education; associated benefits include promoting student engagement and real-time dissemination. This article describes the integration of social media use in a graduate online doctoral nursing program; specifically, blogging, microblogging, and ePortfolio integration are presented. The purpose is to improve students' utilization of social media as a professional tool.

About the Authors Shelly Smith, DNP, APRN-BC, is a clinical assistant professor and director of the DNP Program, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, Virginia. Holly Buchanan, DNP, APRN-BC, is a clinical assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University. The authors acknowledge associate professor Dr. Beth Elias for her contributions as editor for this work. For more information, contact Dr. Smith at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Online date: August 7, 2018

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