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Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2045-5879
  • E-ISSN: 2045-5887



While there is some interest in the use of social media applications in university teaching contexts, there is also a significant amount of hesitation about their inclusion in curricula. A key benefit is the way social media allows students opportunities to explore and connect with professional communities of practice to which they aspire to join. In this article the potential to access professional communities of practice in new ways is illustrated through the case of Instagram in university art classes. The possibilities afforded by this medium are made explicit through the example of one artist using Instagram. Through the lens of practice-based professional learning theory I argue that social media such as Instagram create the possibility of altering social relations to connect people in faster, more intimate and professionally significant ways than we have previously known. Following that, implications for university curricula design are explored.


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