Research Nugget 1

1. “The Digital Convergence: Extending the Portfolio Model” by Gary Greenberg

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Greenberg, G. (2004, January 1). The Digital Convergence:             Extending the Portfolio Model. . Retrieved July 2, 2014, from

Main Claim:

Gary Greenberg talks about electronic media and how it is causing artists to transfer to ePortfolios or electronic portfolios. They are doing this to keep up with the transition in different types of media. He mentions that the portfolio is, “the critical vehicle for an artist’s education and creative development”. From here he continues into how it is important for artists to learn how to create ePortfolios. This is because it makes for an easy way to organize work, share professionally or with friends, and help artists find work for themselves as well.


1. “Text, graphics, sound, and video have converged into a common digital format in many disciplines. Media is now more easily created, manipulated, processed, and managed than ever before. And different media can coexist in compound multimedia documents. Perhaps most significant, the technical barriers and practical prerequisites for production have been dramatically reduced in recent years. With a common format, it is easier to keep diverse work together in one place. Without the limitations of physical space, it is possible to maintain a substantial archive of work with multiple revisions that might become important in the future. Digital convergence, affordability, and ease-of-use are creating portfolio opportunities for more disciplines while enhancing the opportunities for fields with long portfolio traditions.

In this passage, Greenberg is explaining some of the benefits  of having an online portfolio. He says that media is very easily managed today and can share multimedia very easily. He says, “it is easier to keep diverse work together in one place”. Electronic portfolios have no limitation of physical space and you can always edit your work. Artists do not have to worry about storing their work and taking it to interviews when they can use a digital portfolio.

2. “Maintaining an ePortfolio beyond the college and university years can have long-term personal and professional benefits, supporting both formal and informal lifelong learning. Given the changing economy and job market, a showcase ePortfolio can play an important role in redefining oneself for new career opportunities. When certification and a demonstration of skills are needed for career advancement, an ePortfolio can be an important way to present and maintain information about accomplishments for professional accreditation.”

2. “The Role of Social Media in Higher Education Classes (real and virtual) – A literature review”Social_Media_Highe_Education


Hess, P. The role of social media in higher education classes (real and virtual) – A literature review. Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 60-68.

Main Claim:

This journal is a study of whether or not social media is beneficial for higher education. It reviews different types of media like facebook, linkedin, twitter, blogs and a few others. The positives and negatives are explained for each source of media and some experiments and polls were performed. There was a lot of research done to collect accurate data, but the conclusion came out to be inconclusive. The author does not feel he gathered enough information to put an end to the argument.


1. “The growth of social media and other Web 2.0 technologies is unprecedented (Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zickuhr, 2010). Social media technology has become an essential part of personal life as users generate content, share photos, choose to “like”, or interact in a game. The ubiquity of social media is no more apparent than at the university where the technology is transforming the ways students communicate, collaborate, and learn.”

This passage shows that social media makes it very easy for people to interact with one another. They don’t have to physically see each other in order to have an interaction. This is why social media can be good for students. They can do collaborative work and share information without having to see each other. This makes time for people to enjoy their personal lives, or even work from another location and still work with a classmate.

2. “Brady, Holcomb, and Smith (2010) studied the use of Ning in online graduate courses at North Carolina State University. A convenience sample of students (N = 50) from three different courses were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the SNS for e-learning benefits. Seventy percent reported agreement with the notion that Ning made more communication possible between peers than a comparable face-to-face class. Nearly the same amount (82%) indicated that Ning helped communication outside of the class as well. Most users (74%) agreed that Ning allowed them to reflect and comment on other’s work more effectively than may have occurred in a face-to-face class.”

This is a section of the journal that shows some data about how many students were effected by the use of social media to communicate in the class. The majority of the class says that they enjoyed working through social media because they could communicate and comment more freely. This is an improvement from a face-to-face classroom experience according to these students because they enjoyed working through social media more. This nugget concludes that using social media for higher education classrooms is beneficial.

3. “Social Media – Good or Bad?”The-good-and-bad-of-content-marketing-300x200


Lee, V. (2013, December 8). Social Media – Good or Bad?. . Retrieved July 2, 2014, from

Main Claim:

This article covers the positive and negative points of views on social media. She talks about how kids that use social media for the purpose of being social only do not do as well in school. This is not supposed to take away from the fact that social media can be used in a professional and beneficial way. It is just a matter of how the resource is put to use.


1. “The world is not a very static place; actually, it is the opposite. It is constantly moving and constantly changing with news being formed every second of the day. Where it used to be that people did not hear the news until a period of time after, now, people are able to keep up with the actual times and follow news stories as they become announced via social media. The social media allows for people to not only hear about what is going on, but actually see what is going on through the actual pictures of actual people. It no longer a secondary source; the actions become real and visual as people can directly show what is going on.

This is a positive of social media. Like twitter, facebook, and other websites, you can share tons of images and videos. This is great for musicians, politicians, and even someone who wants to brag about how cute their puppy is. The fact that social media leaves such an open platform of communication not only through words, but visuals as well shows how great it is.

2. “Because people are so freely opted to post things on social media that they may not be appropriate in terms of business and educational purposes, it hurts the individual when they apply to jobs and schools. Nowadays, jobs and schools are searching for people’s social media profiles in order to get a feel for who he/she is and what he/she is like. Social media is a place where people tend to post things that are of their own “fun nature” and as a result, many things are not filtered. So, when jobs and colleges look at this – it becomes a problem for the individual in the end all because of social media and what he/she decided to post.

This passage is the exact reason why I think it is important for students to learn how to properly use social media at a young age in school. Future jobs will dig through applicants profiles and if they see anything inappropriate or fishy at all, there will be no job offered. If students were taught from a young age to use social media for educational purposes rather than posting silly things than the chances of this happening would be a lot less likely.


Although the first source I spoke about, “The Digital Convergence”, is about developing electronic portfolios about artists, all of the sources speaking about using social media for a benefit to learning. It is different from the other sources because it really focuses on how artists will benefit from social media. This is good for me because my Inquiry question is about social media being taught in secondary art classes to prepare them for the future.

The second source I focused on, “The Role of Social Media in Higher Education Classes”, Focuses on how social media can be either good or bad for higher education classes. This is different from the other two sources because it is not only about higher education, but it also has a lot of solid data included to back up all of the claims that were made. Another difference in the Journal was that it was a lot less biased than the other two sources I chose. The other two sources started out sounding out like they already knew what their conclusion was going to be. This source was very good at refraining from being biased and even ended up without a solid conclusion. This shows that its topic about social media being a benefit for higher education classrooms has not been concluded to be good or bad for the students.

The third source, “Social Media- Good or Bad?”, was by far the least formal of all three. I do not necessarily think this is bad, because it was so much easier to understand what the author was trying to get at. This article related to the higher education article more because it did include how people may see negatives in using social media in the classroom. It did relate to the art article because they both spoke about media, but other than that they were completely different.

All three of these pieces I chose to include in my research will be very helpful to me. They are three different types of sources, and from different perspectives on the same subject.

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  1. Hey Maryam–This first research nugget is really well done, like all your work this week! When you do the future synthesis work on these nuggets though, try not to group your paragraphs by the article. Right now, you have one article per paragraph and you compare that article to the others there. This format stops you from truly synthesizing. Instead, try to organize your paragraphs based on similar ideas within the three articles. Know what I mean? Synthesis is the most important skill in this assignment and in many ways, in this class. If you want some help with this, just let me know. I’m happy to chat about it more.

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