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Beyond Discussions: Expanding Social Networks



A basic look a using Blackboard Discussion tools, facebook, and twitter ans part of your education arsenal.

A basic look a using Blackboard Discussion tools, facebook, and twitter ans part of your education arsenal.



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    • Beyond Discussions Presented by Jordan Epp & Jeanette McKee CCDE Instructional Designers May 27, 2009
    • Beyond Discussions
      • Who has used the Blackboard Discussion tool?
      • Who has a Facebook account?
      • Who uses Twitter?
    • Objectives
      • To suggest learning strategies for expanded use of the Discussion tool in Blackboard
      • To explore social networking tools for expanding discussions: Twitter and Facebook
      • To determine interest in pilot projects using these or other tools
    • LMS - Blackboard Discussion Tool
      • A tool in Blackboard used to facilitate online class discussions.
      • Typically, instructor posts a discussion topic; students respond.
      • Messages are organized into threads.
      • Asynchronous - flexible, convenient for distance learning
    • Discussion Tool in Blackboard
      • Can be set up for small and large groups
      • Usually graded for evaluation
      • Tracked in the course; instructor can view participation for evaluation and run reports
    • Discussion Tool in Blackboard
      • Strategies for a Successful Discussion
      • Need structure, facilitation, & marks:
      • Have a moderator for each group to keep the discussion moving and on track
      • Assign roles and rotate them among the students
      • Require a no. of posts and replies per week
      • Include in course evaluation
    • Discussion Tool in Blackboard
      • Example of discussion tool
    • Types of Learning Communities
      • LMS
      • WebCT
      • Blackboard
      • Moodle
      • Places where learners and Instructors meet for synchronous and asynchronous communication.
      • Where students can access and contribute content.
      • Where tools for assessment and evaluation are integrated.
      • Social Networks
      • Facebook
      • Myspace
      • Ning
      • Twitter
      • Users communicate asynchronously.
      • Users build community of like-minded friends.
      • Sharing of content and ideas.
      • “ Phone a friend lifeline”.
      • Virtual Environments
      • Second Life
      • Quest Atlantis
      • Activeworlds
      • Vlearn 3D
      • Provides “Physical” space for learning.
      • Provides tools for building, communication and programming.
      • Media is imported via streaming/mapping.
      • Learners communicate synchronously through chat or voice.
    • Social Networks
      • Social Networks In Plain English 1:53
      • Social capital: resources accumulated through relationships among people
      • Filter the info from the web: build your social network with like-minded people and interests
      • Once you build the network, info will come to you continually
    • Social Networking Tools Facebook
      • Largest social network for N.Americans
      • Network map built through viewing friends of friends or searching for interests.
      • Join Groups and Networks through searches and invites.
      • Prolific participation/profiling reaps rewards.
      • Activities:
        • Commenting, tagging, uploading, linking, inviting, and joining.
    • Facebook
      • Media/information Literacy
      • Networking
      • Build your own Network of Friends based on professional colleagues
      • Create a Group for your course
      • Encourage non-evaluated discussion and collaboration
      • Chris Avenir - Ryerson Chem.
      How to use Facebook in learning
    • Facebook
      • Edublogs Live: May 31st 6pm
      • Pimp My Facebook
      • Regardless of your personal feelings towards Facebook it is the preferred method of social networking for many people. But are you using Facebook to your advantage?
      • Join Frances McLean ( while she pimps Larry Ferlazzo's Facebook account ( to demonstrate the different ways educators and bloggers can use the power of Facebook.
      • Click on this link to join:
    • Social Networking Tools Twitter
      • The new front porch - Darryl Dash
      • Use up to 140 characters
      • Messages are called tweets
      • Public or private
      • Purpose: To share short updates about what you are doing, where you are, a question you pose, and/or resources to share.
    • Twitter
      • Started in 2006
      • March 2009: 15M users per month and increasing rapidly
      • Hospitals - fastest growing users (I.e. surgeons)
      • May 31 Conference “Twitter for Business” in San Francisco
    • Twitter
      • Twitter and Learning:
      • “ The process of forming a community of learners is an important issue in distance learning because it can affect student satisfaction, retention, and learning (Brown, 2001)
      • Foster interaction - active learning
      • Support metacognition (thinking about and reflecting on your learning) which benefits comprehension and retention.
    • Twitter
      • “ The brilliance of Twitter is that it so easily connects people on all different types of computers and cell phone platforms” (Whaley, 2009)
    • Twitter
      • Twitterfox - plug-in for Firefox; messages pop up when open browser
      • Free!
      • Add-ons: webcam, songs
    • Discussion
      • Think about how these technological tools could be used to enhance learning in our courses.
      • Q What ideas do you have for pilot projects using any of these technological tools or other technological tools??