The Future of Social Media and Education

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The Future of Social Media and Education

  1. 1. A Futurist’s View of Higher Education: How Social Media is Pushing Higher Ed into Identity Crisis Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins-Bell EduComm June 2008
  2. 2. Education is nearing a crisis
  3. 3. What does higher education provide? U
  4. 4. What does social media provide?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Membership in intellectual and social affinity groups </li></ul>U Membership in intellectual and social affinity groups
  6. 6. <ul><li>Access to resources and experts </li></ul>U Access to resources and experts
  7. 7. <ul><li>Engaging in intellectual discussions </li></ul>U Engaging in intellectual discussions
  8. 8. <ul><li>Accumulate and develop skills for employment </li></ul>U Accumulate and develop skills for employment
  9. 9. <ul><li>Association with professional community </li></ul>U Association with professional community
  10. 10. <ul><li>Establish social and professional network </li></ul>U Establish social and professional network
  11. 11. <ul><li>Enhance personal and professional reputation </li></ul>U Enhance personal and professional reputation
  12. 12. <ul><li>Share enthusiasm for common interests </li></ul>U Share enthusiasm for common interests
  13. 13. <ul><li>Build Skills </li></ul>U Build Skills
  14. 14. <ul><li>Official endorsement of completion via diploma </li></ul>U Evidence of work completed and place in community
  15. 15. <ul><li>Guidance through experiences and thought processes </li></ul>U Self-directed exploration of ideas, discussions, and sources
  16. 16. <ul><li>$ </li></ul>U 12 6 3 9
  17. 17. <ul><li>Priority set by Institution </li></ul>U Priortiy set by Individual
  18. 18. <ul><li>Rigid </li></ul>U Flexible
  19. 19. Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody . NY: Penguin. 2008. The Promise The Tool The Bargain
  20. 20. The Promise U
  21. 21. The Tool U
  22. 22. The Bargain U Do the work to OUR standards and we’ll share our credentials/reputation with you
  23. 23. The Promise Everything/everyone you ever wanted to know is available
  24. 24. The Tool (s) dialogic media blogs wikis participatory social networks folksonomy audio video mobile RSS remix API convergence reputation community social hypertextual semantic discovery trust hypermediated augmented identity
  25. 25. The Bargain Participation Return
  26. 26. U
  27. 27. U
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  29. 35. Monologic communication doesn’t allow for community, exchange of ideas
  30. 36. Dialogic communication remediates the lack of community in old models. Offers new ways to learn without the communities and structures created by institutions.
  31. 37. Education is Communication
  32. 38. Many of the benefits of institutional learning can now be accomplished via social media.
  33. 39. What is the educator’s role in a world where the production and consumption of information has been democratized, amateurized, and distributed? ?
  34. 40. Educators are no longer the GATEKEEPERS of knowledge
  35. 41. The New Role of Educators
  36. 42. Teaching students how to learn in an information economy
  37. 43. Serving as guides as students shape their own paths
  38. 44. Providing students with access to professional networks
  39. 45. Providing students with access to professional networks
  40. 46. Modeling Life-Long learning practices
  41. 47. Modeling Life-Long learning practices
  42. 48. Relating as more experienced community members rather than employers
  43. 49. Relating as more experienced community members rather than employers
  44. 50. Relating as more experienced community members rather than employers
  45. 51. Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins SL: Intellagirl Tully Email: intellagirl@gmail.com Web: intellagirl.com Skype, Yahoo, AIM, Gchat: Intellagirl

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