The Repository @ St. Cloud State

Open Access Knowledge and Scholarship

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Media - Information Technologies: M.S.


Information Media


School of Education

First Advisor

Yun Claire Park

Second Advisor

Debra K Japp

Third Advisor

James Johnson

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Social Media, Online Education, Students Sense of Belonging, Twitter, Facebook, Sense of Belonging, Online Presence, Online Community


Social media was found to have a significant impact on the development of sense of belonging in online education. Sense of belonging is an important factor concerning academic settings and yielding effective results. Various studies have examined the role of sense of belonging in online courses and have found it to be significant in nurturing student motivation and achieving better academic results. Creating a better sense of belonging in students via social media counters the lack of active interaction in asynchronous classrooms and helps in improving retention and overall results.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.