Using Social Media & Mobile Devices to Create an Online Community for Your Class

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Anthony Adornato, assistant professor of journalism, discusses how he is using new technologies to complement the in-class learning experience. Although students are considered "digital natives," many don't yet understand how to use social media to enhance their learning experience. He outlines how Facebook and Twitter, among other platforms, are used to reinforce course topics, concepts, and readings.

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  • Faculty Show and Share: Using Social Media & Mobile Devices to Create an Online Community for Your ClassFriday, March 21, 2014, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m.Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett CenterAnthony Adornato, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, will discuss how he is using new technologies to complement the in-class learning experience. Although students are considered "digital natives," many don't yet understand how to use social media to enhance their learning experience. He will outline how Facebook and Twitter, among other platforms, are used to reinforce course topics, concepts, and readings.
  • Traditional concept of teaching at front of classroom…lecturing.Old model. Social media is a bottom-up approach…I lay groundwork and they take control. Flip this concept.Social media, in any sphere, is about less lecture and more engagement/conversation. Leverage that concept for the benefit of class.
  • Grading: use Twitter listsPersonal SM use: make close computer if issue, outline rules in syllabus
  • Greenhow and Gleason (2012), The Educational Forum(1) improving students’ motivationand engagement with course content; (2) increasing student–student or student–instructorinteractions, which creates more opportunities for feedback and mentoring; and (3) offeringlower barriers to publishing and a more “relaxed” writing style, which can encourageself-expression, creativity, playfulness, and risk-taking.Also information literacy
  • Using Social Media & Mobile Devices to Create an Online Community for Your Class

    1. 1. Faculty Show and Share Using Social Media & Mobile Devices to Create an Online Community for Your Class Anthony Adornato | Assistant Professor, Journalism | March 21, 2014
    2. 2. Creating an Online Community @anthonyadornato
    3. 3. Creating an Online Community  Goals o Sense of place and community o Complement in-class experience: Reinforce key concepts, topics, and readings o Create excitement about course content o Relevance beyond classroom o Enable two-way communication in real-time @anthonyadornato
    4. 4. Creating an Online Community  Closed Facebook Group  Twitter Hashtag (#ICParkSM)  Course website  Student blogs  Backchannel for discussions and assignments @anthonyadornato
    5. 5. SampleAssignments  Tweet the book @anthonyadornato
    6. 6. SampleAssignments  Tweet the book @anthonyadornato
    7. 7. SampleAssignments  Tweet the book  Scavenger hunt with classes around the world  Twitter list of credible sources  Facebook Question of the Week  Connect with guest speakers @anthonyadornato
    8. 8. Challenges  Grading  Personal SM use during class  Digital native Digital savvy  Access to mobile devices  Technostress! @anthonyadornato ≠
    9. 9. Outcomes of Online Community  Increased motivation and engagement with course content  Increased student-student and student-instructor interactions  More “relaxed” writing style, encouraging self-expression, creativity, and playfulness (Greenhow & Gleason, 2012)  Information literacy  Raises topical issues not addressed in the classroom  Professionalism on SM @anthonyadornato
    10. 10. Surprise!  Prof A: “Anyone know the old guy who hijacked our hashtag?” Student: “That’s my dad!” @anthonyadornato

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