Building Community


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

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Building Community

  1. 1. Building Community Communication Collaboration Cooperation with social software blogs, bookmarking, forums, IM, media sharing, web clipping, wikis
  2. 2. A traditional community of learners
  3. 3. A traditional community of learners Do these students think of themselves as a community?
  4. 4. community building works easily offline
  5. 5. community building works easily online from
  6. 6. What is social software?
  7. 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. 8. Blogs Instant Messaging Media Sharing Social Bookmarking Web Clipping Wikis
  9. 9. Web 2.0 Increasing semantics of social connections
  10. 10. Why use social software in education?
  11. 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. 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 March 1987 AAHE Bulletin, Chickering and Gamson
  13. 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. 14. Some examples of social software
  15. 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. 16. Media Sharing Music, photos, videos, podcasts, slideshows
  17. 17. Instant Messaging • one-to-one messaging • more immediate than email • familiar to students
  18. 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. 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. 20. Social Bookmarking tags are “free-form labels assigned by the user and not drawn from any controlled vocabulary” — Hammond
  21. 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. 22. How to use social software to build community
  23. 23. community building online ? ?
  24. 24. community building online ? ? Which applications? What assignments? How do I assess this? Training for faculty and students?
  25. 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. 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. 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. 28. Thank You Rudy Garns LA 232 572-5528