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  1. 1. What Social Media Does Best:Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices Using Social Networks Richard L. Edwards Eric Esterline New Media Program Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis iDMAa 7th Annual Conference – “The Digital Edge” Friday November 6th, 2009
  2. 2. “…in order to cooperate with more people, I need to know more about them, and that means they will know more about me.” – Howard Rheingold“People are starting to understand that the holy grail of the Internet is community.” – Chris DeWolfe, Co-Founder of MySpace
  3. 3. MicrobloggingLarge Networks Build Your Own
  4. 4. The Social Media Classroom"In an educational setting, the social media classroom isdesigned to augment or—when physical co-presence is notpossible—to replace face-to-face interaction. The powerderived from using social media in group learningprocesses comes not from a more efficient computerizedextension of older communication forms—the classroomdiscussion, texts to be read, essays and theses to bewritten. The power of social media in education andelsewhere derives from their affordances for forms ofcommunication and social behavior that were previouslyprohibitively difficult or expensive for more than a tinyelite to benefit."– Howard Rheingold from
  5. 5. Potential Benefits of SocialNetworking in Education Learning in and out of classroom Connection and collaboration with disciplinary cohort Support for career development Life-long learning Knowledge of trends in discipline
  6. 6. “Blog to reflect, tweet to connect” – Barbara Ganley
  7. 7. Social Media in the Classroom  Large lecture course (N100) within Media Arts and Science program  91 students in the Fall 2009 section and 75 participated in study  Two-thirds of students are 21 and under; nearly one-third of students are 22-34  N100 is a hybrid course (live lecture and online sections)
  8. 8.  Ning ( as social network tool Ning allows you to create your own social network Ning is ad-supported freeware Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreessen (of Netscape fame) and Gina Bianchini.
  9. 9. Our Research Focus Explore early adoption issues with using social media software in the classroom Examine the power of online social relationships: friending, e.g. Evaluate effectiveness of social networks for communication and collaboration Assess learning and teaching benefits for hybrid and/or distributed courses
  10. 10. Social Media Usage:Facebook Intensity in N100 Average student has 150 or more friends Average students checks Facebook three or more times a day No unusual social media usage discerned in surveys
  11. 11. N100 „Friending‟ in Ning  77% expected Ning to be a tool to meet people they did not already know  70% have used the friend invite 5 times or less in Ning and 10% used it 46 or more times  57% appreciated the benefits of Ning for meeting classmates
  12. 12. Ning Visits: „Always On‟ Education
  13. 13. Geo-tagged Ning Activity in N100
  14. 14. Student Attitudes towards Ning 75% of students use Ning because it is a course requirement 36% of students would prefer Ning activities assigned on course management system (ONCOURSE) Half of the students expect to continue to use a social network to keep in touch with N100 students 75% of the students would prefer to expand this N100 Ning group to a New Media social network
  15. 15. What Students Like about Ning Nearly two-thirds characterize their collaboration with other students as successful 70% characterize comments left by other students on a blog or post as informative Two-thirds characterize the professor and TAs use of Ning to communicate as strong or good 95% found Ning to be somewhat useful to very useful to discuss lecture material
  16. 16. Ning Activities (Beyond the CMS) Publishing video projects (Wikimovies) Casual forum and „meet-ups‟ Group forum and collaboration Profile pages and social identity Customization of site (pictures, music, video) Active use of “friending” Twitter feeds and virtual worlds
  17. 17. Initial Study Findings Ning is a useful system of social recommendations for students Ning assists in connection to college-centered social activities(especially for commuting and online students) Students value Ning as communication method; seen as „step up‟ from threaded forums and email. Ning has motivational learning potential as students stayed engaged in course activities through „friending‟ Ning can support student group work and collaboration Ning points towards a need for departmental or school support for social networking
  18. 18. Thank you! Questions?Richard Edwards: redwards7@gmail.comEric Esterline: