The focus of this presentation is to discuss emergent social media as a disruptive force facilitating the open sharing of educational content. The author presents case studies on the uses of social media to encourage open learning, collaborative learning, shared content and resources, curriculum collaborations, and student generated content.
Bolter and Grusin propose that new digital media are not external agents that come to disrupt an unsuspecting culture. They emerge from within cultural contexts, and they refashion other media, which are embedded in the same or similar contexts. I demonstrate that social media can indeed serve as a disruptive force when appropriated, refashioned, and placed within a framework of critical inquiry and analysis, and that a movement to share open educational resources is part of this disruption.
According to Lev Manovich in his seminal work The Language of New Media, the computer media revolution affects all stages of communication, including acquisition, manipulation, storage, and distribution; it also affects all types of media- texts, still images, moving images, sound, and spatial constructions. Social media such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Youtube, blogs, collaborative wikis, and a wide range of web 2.0 tools are taking this revolution to the next level as students and faculty appropriate the new media to create innovative approaches to teaching, learning, collaborating, and the open sharing of intellectual property and creative content. In addition, virtual worlds such as Second Life provide both an immersive medium and extensive tools for content creation, social networking, and the sharing of educational content.
The author presents case studies on the uses of social media to encourage open learning, collaborative learning, shared content and resources, curriculum collaborations, and student generated content.