Title

Developing a community of academic writers: Using social media to support academic accountability, motivation, and productivity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-19-2019

Publication Title

The Journal of Literacy and Technology

Volume

20

Issue

2

First page number:

61

Last page number:

96

Abstract

This qualitative study investigated the use of Facebook as an online social network site as a support tool for graduate students’ and faculty’s writing accountability, motivation, and productivity. The purpose of the study was to explore writing practices while using a Facebook group as a physical and virtual place to provide support and accountability. Data came from the Facebook group’s postings and responses from group members to an online questionnaire. Through a sociocultural lens, the research team explored the social environment of the community, and the results suggest that the Facebook group offered participants a platform to support one another, while providing peer accountability and building a community for their academic writing. Overall, the qualitative data analysis showed evidence that group membership allowed for building a community, including face-to-face contact, with fellow academic writers.

Keywords

Academic Writing; Writing Communities; Writing Groups; Online Social Networks; Facebook; Writing Accountability; Writing Productivity

Disciplines

Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Media

Language

English


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