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Millennials Leaning In: Can Women in Agribusiness Benefit from Technology and Social Collaboration in Higher Education?tle
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (2015)
  • Xiaowei Cai, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Lindsey Higgins
  • Marianne McGarry Wolf, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Abstract
A gender gap exists in both pay differences and leadership roles. Higher education plays a role in preparing the next generation to close this gender gap. The tools employed in higher education have been shown to impact student confidence and confidence going into their careers. As a means to identifying differences in the impact of a web-based course discussion between male and female students, a survey of 408 Agribusiness students was conducted. Compared with males, the online course discussion had more impact on female students in terms of their knowledge of current events, interest in the course topics, and confidence going into the job interviews. In addition, female students attributed the web-based discussion to improved written communication skills. Use of social technology with current content could potentially empower the female students to enhance learning and gain confidence. 
Keywords
  • agribusiness students,
  • social media,
  • online discussion,
  • gender,
  • women
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Xiaowei Cai, Lindsey Higgins and Marianne McGarry Wolf. "Millennials Leaning In: Can Women in Agribusiness Benefit from Technology and Social Collaboration in Higher Education?tle" International Food and Agribusiness Management Review Vol. 18 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 93 - 108
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lhiggins/15/