Esperanza Román-Mendoza              George Mason University                     eromanme@gmu.edu             http://twitt...
IntroductionDigital IdentitiesNew Trends in Higher EducationWhat we do…… can we do with technology?Resources
Getting to know each other       Digital Identities at GMU
http://mcl.gmu.edu
http://spanish.gmu.edu/basic-spanish-program
http://mcl.gmu.edu/people/eromanme
http://briansolis.com
Portfolio Digital. A. C                      B. Robin’s students
S. Joseph
Okey for them, but why me?
With a digital presence  Students can easily contact us.  Students become aware of our areas of expertise.  We increase...
New trends… maybe not that new   Students are more and more demanding in terms of    online communication with their teac...
President Cabrera s Twitter Page
President Cabrera. Washington Post Interview. August19th, 2012. http://wapo.st/NUvjnL
Twitter sign up
Study Abroad Facebook Page
But not only at GMU   Teaching with Twitter: how the social network can    contribute to learning. June 11, 2012.    http...
Can I use social media in a non-disruptive                                     way?
How do we describe our work?    Teachers      Effective, honest, respectful, fair, thorough, enco         uraging, inspi...
Ideas for social media integration   Use technology to work more effectively       Presenting lectures       Enhancing ...
Student challenges   Lack of academic and personal preparedness.   Financial obstacles.   Wrong expectations about cour...
Hints Prepare informational materials and study  guides accessible to all students which  address most frequent challenge...
Professional Advancement Collaborate with   professionals all over  the world. Share teaching and research materials  wi...
Institutional Growth Provide opportunities for open and honest  discussion about the role of higher education  in the soc...
In conclusion   There is a pressure from students to communicate    with their teachers in a different way.   Administra...
Create a               learning                           and workingare proud of                           environmentcol...
Thank you very much  for your attention
Resources•   Blogging services (Blogger, WordPress)•   Wiki services (Wikispaces, PbWorks) and other tools to    collabora...
Resources•   Text and multimedia repositories with comments and group    creation capabilities (Flickr, Scribd, Slideshare...
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Meeting student, faculty and institutional needs through social media

  1. 1. Esperanza Román-Mendoza George Mason University eromanme@gmu.edu http://twitter.com/eromanme http://eroman.wordpress.com Faculty OrientationAugust 22, 2012 – George Mason University
  2. 2. IntroductionDigital IdentitiesNew Trends in Higher EducationWhat we do…… can we do with technology?Resources
  3. 3. Getting to know each other Digital Identities at GMU
  4. 4. http://mcl.gmu.edu
  5. 5. http://spanish.gmu.edu/basic-spanish-program
  6. 6. http://mcl.gmu.edu/people/eromanme
  7. 7. http://briansolis.com
  8. 8. Portfolio Digital. A. C B. Robin’s students
  9. 9. S. Joseph
  10. 10. Okey for them, but why me?
  11. 11. With a digital presence  Students can easily contact us.  Students become aware of our areas of expertise.  We increase our visibility to the new administration and other GMU units.  We are more likely to establish contacts with colleagues from other universities.  We can provide a centralized access to resources.  We give a response to new trends in Higher Education (technology-enhanced teaching, service and communication)
  12. 12. New trends… maybe not that new Students are more and more demanding in terms of online communication with their teachers. Students are getting used to other ways of sharing and getting knowledge. Students are increasingly looking at the Internet for information about their teachers:  http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/  https://twitter.com/#!/GMUStudentMedia/gmu-professors New President´s emphasis on online communication and transparency. Institutional “pressure” to innovate in IT.
  13. 13. President Cabrera s Twitter Page
  14. 14. President Cabrera. Washington Post Interview. August19th, 2012. http://wapo.st/NUvjnL
  15. 15. Twitter sign up
  16. 16. Study Abroad Facebook Page
  17. 17. But not only at GMU Teaching with Twitter: how the social network can contribute to learning. June 11, 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education- network/blog/2012/jun/11/teaching-with-twitter Social Media Ruminations. July 29, 2012. http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/student-affairs- and-technology/social-media-ruminations Social Media in the business of higher education. The Huffington Post. June 6, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-michael- nolan/social-media-in-the-busin_b_1607245.html And many more…
  18. 18. Can I use social media in a non-disruptive way?
  19. 19. How do we describe our work? Teachers  Effective, honest, respectful, fair, thorough, enco uraging, inspirational… Scholars  Serious, accurate, profound, ethical, diligent, ing enious, insightful, objective… “Service providers”  Collegial, hardworking, generous, collaborative, considerate, polite, supportive, reliable, accounta ble… Inspired by Brooks. Criteria for University Faculty. 1976 http://www.cs.gmu.edu/~offutt/thoughts/GoodFaculty.txtI also recommend: Wycoff s Advice on the care and feeding of a professor. http://www.cs.gmu.edu/~offutt/thoughts/care.pdf
  20. 20. Ideas for social media integration Use technology to work more effectively  Presenting lectures  Enhancing communication with students  Managing and updating teaching materials  Helping students succeed in class. Use technology for professional advancement. Use technology to support institutional growth.
  21. 21. Student challenges Lack of academic and personal preparedness. Financial obstacles. Wrong expectations about course/major/university. Colleges often do not deliver the type of education students need/expect. Lack of flexibility from the college side. Scheduling conflicts. Changes in family or job circumstances.
  22. 22. Hints Prepare informational materials and study guides accessible to all students which address most frequent challenges but remember that a conversation may be more productive than a brochure. Conversations also happen online. Monitor student progress by other means (surveys, blogs, etc.) in addition to grades. Follow-up.
  23. 23. Professional Advancement Collaborate with professionals all over the world. Share teaching and research materials with other professionals in your field. Get invitations to conferences. Keep up with professional development opportunities.
  24. 24. Institutional Growth Provide opportunities for open and honest discussion about the role of higher education in the society, and how students’ expectations compare to those of professors and administrators. Report clearly the pro´s and cons encountered in your courses so other instructors can learn from your experience. Participate in the institutional debate knowing what social media integration requires from faculty and students.
  25. 25. In conclusion There is a pressure from students to communicate with their teachers in a different way. Administrators also wants us to increase the use of technology in teaching, scholarship and service. Having a digital presence may help university professors do their work better at these three levels. Using social media, as any other type of technology, has to be done within a context and with a clear goal in mind.
  26. 26. Create a learning and workingare proud of environmentcolleagues that you, your students,
  27. 27. Thank you very much for your attention
  28. 28. Resources• Blogging services (Blogger, WordPress)• Wiki services (Wikispaces, PbWorks) and other tools to collaborate online (GoogleDocs, Vyew, Stixy, ReviewBasics)• Social Networks (Ning, Facebook, MySpace)• Social Tagging (Delicious)• Concept Maps (CMap Tools)• Digital Storytelling (Aviary Tools)• Chats (Zoho Chat)• Brain Storming (Wridea)• Survey and questionnaires creation services (Surveygizmo, Formspring)• Microblogging (Twitter) for education (Edmodo)
  29. 29. Resources• Text and multimedia repositories with comments and group creation capabilities (Flickr, Scribd, Slideshare, VoiceThread, Podomatic, Odeo)• Book, scrapbooking and journal publishing (Youblisher, Calameo, YouTellYou, Loggel, Mixbox)• Photo editing (Fotoflexer), visual utilities (Tagul)• Database creation services (Zohocreator)• Timeline creation services (Dipity)• Slide shows and animation creation services (Animoto, Prezi)• Screencasting (Screencastle)• Virtual Worlds (SecondLife)

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