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p>The overall of this project was to explore the emerging potential of social media as a tool to engage students and enhance their learning. The specific objectives were: to assess the potential uses of social media as a means to foster student engagement: to explore creative methods of leveraging existing and new social media technologies to enhance the overall student experience: to assist programme directors and lecturers in identifying opportunities where social media may be utilised to enhance module and programme delivery. Google+ was identified as an appropriate social media platform to engage with students for formal teaching purposes. The platform was leveraged to help students overcome some of the barriers they had encountered in engaging with academic literature, collaborating in groups and presenting their work in front of their peers. Focus groups were conducted to evaluate the research project. Students were generally very positive about the use of Google+ to enhance their learning and made a number of suggestions for future iterations of the project.

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