Social Media in Optometric Education

Chris Woodruff, OD, MBA, FAAO
Jay M. Rumsey, OD, FAAO
Gregory M. Fecho, OD

Today’s students like to stay connected with friends via social networking sites. We have investigated the use of social media in optometric education. A Facebook page was created for two optometric courses to provide students with additional course resources and the ability to interact with the instructor and other students outside of the classroom. We conducted a survey to assess student attitudes regarding this new educational resource. Students’ opinions regarding the usefulness of Facebook were very positive. Educators should consider the addition of social networking to their course resources to enhance the educational experiences of today’s students.

Key Words: optometric education, social media, Millennial generation, technology

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