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Social Media and     Microbiology Education                   Alan Cann       School of Biological Sciences            Uni...
MicrobiologyBytes.com
What is “social media” ?• The part of the Internet where the content  is generated by users of the service.• Its not about...
Is using social media in    education a terrible idea?                                             www.flickr.com/photos/a...
What do students want?• Guidance and leadership through the  maze• Compete with professional media  (Facebook, games, tele...
What do we give them?• By and large, we give them what we  experienced in education.• Where technology makes it easy for  ...
What do we want?• Engaged, self-motivated, lifelong  learners• And ... ?
So how do we get there?• Invest time & effort in not just doing  it but in understanding how new  media work.• Manage expe...
Digital Natives versusVisitors and Residents        ?
Pedagogies of Online Education
PLE versus PLN• Personal Learning Environment (PLE)  - a collection of tools• Personal Learning Network (PLN)  - a collect...
It’s not about tools, it’s about    creating the right networkBad networks!                Good networks!
Peer networks    - professional development?•    Facebook but not Facebook•    Minimalist guidance•    Reflection•    Feed...
1. Content              3. Network2. Context
More?• bit.ly/AJCann• microbiologybytes.com/blog/tag/edu  cation• scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com
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A talk at the Annual Meeting of the Dutch Society for Microbiology, 17th April 2012.

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  1. 1. Social Media and Microbiology Education Alan Cann School of Biological Sciences University of LeicesterFind me here: bit.ly/AJCann This talk: www.slideshare.net/AJCann
  2. 2. MicrobiologyBytes.com
  3. 3. What is “social media” ?• The part of the Internet where the content is generated by users of the service.• Its not about tools - its about conversations.
  4. 4. Is using social media in education a terrible idea? www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/6924209488• Time• Authority ("quality")• Just not needed - traditional tools have proved their worth?
  5. 5. What do students want?• Guidance and leadership through the maze• Compete with professional media (Facebook, games, television)• Value for money
  6. 6. What do we give them?• By and large, we give them what we experienced in education.• Where technology makes it easy for us to increase the pressure on them, we do so (email, online assessment).
  7. 7. What do we want?• Engaged, self-motivated, lifelong learners• And ... ?
  8. 8. So how do we get there?• Invest time & effort in not just doing it but in understanding how new media work.• Manage expectations - in particular that education is active not passive.• Give them clear targets and something to aim for.
  9. 9. Digital Natives versusVisitors and Residents ?
  10. 10. Pedagogies of Online Education
  11. 11. PLE versus PLN• Personal Learning Environment (PLE) - a collection of tools• Personal Learning Network (PLN) - a collection of people
  12. 12. It’s not about tools, it’s about creating the right networkBad networks! Good networks!
  13. 13. Peer networks - professional development?• Facebook but not Facebook• Minimalist guidance• Reflection• Feedback• Discussion (object centred)
  14. 14. 1. Content 3. Network2. Context
  15. 15. More?• bit.ly/AJCann• microbiologybytes.com/blog/tag/edu cation• scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com
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