Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Education and Human Services


Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Committee Chair

Terence Ahern

Committee Co-Chair

Reagan Curtis

Committee Member

Ugur Kale

Committee Member

Neal Shambaugh

Committee Member

Alfred Stiller


The use of social media has increased tremendously in recent years with many sectors using it for the purpose of communicating, sharing ideas, gathering information and stating opinions. The use of social media has trickled down into education with instructors using it for teaching and learning. This study used Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction as a framework to investigate the types of social media applications used, and how they are specifically used for instructional purpose in colleges. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze data. Results indicated that about 31% of instructors use different social media types in diverse ways that related to Gagne's Nine Events of Instructional design. The study gives insight on the ingenious ways in which instructors use social media for instruction.