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A POD presentation on the potential of social software for education. October 23, 2007

A POD presentation on the potential of social software for education. October 23, 2007

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  • 1. Building Community Communication Collaboration Cooperation with social software blogs, bookmarking, forums, IM, media sharing, web clipping, wikis
  • 2. A traditional community of learners
  • 3. A traditional community of learners Do these students think of themselves as a community?
  • 4. community building works easily offline
  • 5. community building works easily online from theonion.com
  • 6. What is social software?
  • 7. Software that supports group interaction — Clay Shirky What is social software? It's the opposite of project-oriented collaboration tools that places people into groups. Social software supports the desire of individuals to be pulled into groups to achieve goals. — Stowe Boyd
  • 8. Blogs Instant Messaging Media Sharing Social Bookmarking Web Clipping Wikis
  • 9. Web 2.0 Increasing semantics of social connections
  • 10. Why use social software in education?
  • 11. Building Community • generates excitement and interest in learning • creates an infrastructure for learning shared questions, shared methods, opportunities for critique and feedback • provides opportunities to cultivate social skills involved in knowledge acquisition, evaluation and distribution
  • 12. ‣ rapid feedback and critique ‣ stimulating creativity Potential Benefits ‣ facilitating collaborative study ‣ providing a real audience for Uses for Social student work Software in ‣ fostering the development of Education critical thinking ‣ platform for academic Susan Connell discourse ‣ address conflicts of time and space http://soozzone.com/690review.htm March 1987 AAHE Bulletin, Chickering and Gamson
  • 13. Good Practice • encourages student-faculty interaction • encourages cooperation among students • encourages active learning • gives prompt feedback 7 • emphasizes time on task principles of good practice • communicates high in undergraduate education expectations • respect diverse talents and ways of learning March 1987 AAHE Bulletin, Chickering and Gamson
  • 14. Some examples of social software
  • 15. Blogs • online journal or weblog • posts displayed in reverse chronological order • users can ‣ easily post new entries ‣ comment on entries ‣ include media and external links ‣ use sidebar to post stable information
  • 16. Media Sharing Music, photos, videos, podcasts, slideshows
  • 17. Instant Messaging • one-to-one messaging • more immediate than email • familiar to students
  • 18. Web Clipping • highlight selected text • save clippings • add sticky notes or annotations clippings • bookmark favorite pages or websites • create tags for your bookmarked sites • search your sites or the sites of others • share your clippings and notes
  • 19. Social Bookmarking • store, organize and share your bookmarks • visit your collection from different browsers and from different computers • users can share each others’ bookmarks • search through tags or interest groups
  • 20. Social Bookmarking tags are “free-form labels assigned by the user and not drawn from any controlled vocabulary” — Hammond
  • 21. Wikis • collaborative authoring • users can ‣ create, edit and delete pages ‣ user friendly markup language ‣ easily link one page to another ‣ comment on text ‣ review the history of changes • soft security
  • 22. How to use social software to build community
  • 23. community building online ? ?
  • 24. community building online ? ? Which applications? What assignments? How do I assess this? Training for faculty and students?
  • 25. community building online What do you want to accomplish? ‣ I want students to get to know each other. ‣ I want students to communicate with each other. ‣ I want to facilitate peer evaluation. ‣ I want students to learn from each other. ‣ I want students to produce something collaboratively. ‣ I want to manage my course more effectively
  • 26. community building online What do you want to accomplish? Foster skills for ‣ cultivating working peer relationships ‣ collaborative and cooperative problem solving ‣ producing and presenting something in collaboration with others ‣ adapting to new technologies ‣ effective communication
  • 27. community building online suggestions for an smooth transition ‣ start small — start simple ‣ period/place for experiment (sandbox) ‣ introductory activities ‣ closing activities ‣ extra credit activities ‣ be prepared to make adjustments
  • 28. Thank You Rudy Garns LA 232 572-5528 garns@nku.edu