Social Media Meets Learning:Transforming Pedagogies in Higher Education EvrimBaran, Ph.D. Assistant Professor @ Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey
Discrepancy between educational settings and everyday life• Analog to digital• Tethered to mobile• Isolated to connected• Generic to personal• Consumers to creators• Closed to open (Wiley and Hilton, 2009)
Social media “a group of Internet- based applications that build on the ideological and technologicalfoundations of Web 2.0, and that allow thecreation and exchange ofuser-generated content.” Definition from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media Image from: http://www.isteconnects.org/otherpics/social
Background• Connectivism(Siemens, 2005; Downes, 2008),• Social networking (Boyd & Ellison, 2007),• New media literacies and participatory culture (Jenkins et al., 2006; Richardson, 2008),• Creative commons, Web 2.0 and social collaboration environments, learning Space Mashups (Lamb, 2007; Wheeler, 2009),• Dj culture, edupunks, open educational resources and open access (Yuan, MacNeil&Kraan, 2008).
What is participatory culture?• Low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement• Strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others• Some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices• Members believe that their contributions matter• Members feel some degree of social connection with one another.
Connectivism, A Theory of Personal Learning• Connectivism •Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions. •Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources. •Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning. •Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities. •Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.
What Does Social Media Offer for Education? • Self-expression • Sharing enthusiasm, common interests • Access to experts • Connectedness • Anytime anywhere learning • Build and share skills • Reach people around the world • Participate in the communities of learning
•Course content hub • Creating a course•Editing pages community with a coursecollaboratively hash tag•Contributing to the • Sharing resourcescourse content on social • Communicating withmedia outside experts•Sharing class daily • Backchannel conversationactivities Social with remote guest speakers•Sharing course schedule Course Wiki: Networking: • Communicating course•Sharing course projects Pbworks Twitter & requirements and Facebook remindersand presentations Social Course Blog: Bookmarking: Edublogs Diigo •Online course •Online course discussions discussions •Reflections on social media •Reflections on social topics media topics •Critical reviews of the course •Critical reviews of concepts the course concepts
Course Platforms Course Blog Course Wiki reflect, comment, discuss, collaborate, comment, share contribute, analyze, organizehttp://socialmedialearning.edublogs.org/ http://socialmedialearning.pbworks.com/ Social Bookmarking Course Tweetsshare, reflect, comment share, comment, participate communicatehttp://groups.diigo.com/group/ci593_b #ci593b
Using wiki as a course management platform http://socialmedialearning.pbworks.com/
Creating a collective resourcerepository with social bookmarking http://groups.diigo.com/group/ci593_b
Using class blog as a reflection and discussion space http://socialmedialearning.edublogs.org
Social networking for extending the classroom interaction:• Twitter course hash tag: #ci593b• Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/9U82U3
What were your favorite experiences in the course?“The connections I made during this class with other teachers across the state was wonderful. Getting the Van Meter superintendent in to talk help immensely in this area. I do have a much better idea of how SM can be used effectively in schools. I also enjoyed getting exposed to lots of new SM tools”
What could we do differently to improve upon this course’s format or concept?“I think social networks are so inherently complex that focus upon clarifying the expectations and guidelines would go a long way to making class easier to keep up with” • A central list of readings • A central list of activities • A central list of resources• want to.
If there is anything else youd like to tell us about your experiences inthis course, please feel free to do so.“It would be good to keep the discussion going- to talk about our works and our progress”
Future Directions: The Affordances of Emerging Technologies for Online Pedagogies