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Social media into a Learning Management System

  1. 1. Social Media in the Learning Management System (LMS)<br />By<br />David E. Lloyd and Louise Fechter<br />Images were furnished by Google Images. 5/10/2011<br />
  2. 2. Social Media in the LMS<br />The purpose of integrating social media in the LMS is to provide another way of communication that allows users to easily share information.<br />There are newer technologies available, like GoogleDocs which make it easier to collaborate and share text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.<br />GoogleDocs can be used on multiple OS platforms and it can be accessed any where – any time!<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Social Media in the LMS<br />GoogleDocs can be accessed from a smart phone, laptop or desktop.<br />Documents can be viewed in real time.<br />There is no longer a need for multiple versions of documents.<br />Real time editing features and instant messaging across the globe.<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Social Media in the LMS<br />In defining the social network, there are many social media applications that can be shared through the LMS. Some of these include:<br />Twitter<br />Google Docs<br />Google Voice<br />Google Chat/Talk<br />Google Groups<br />Facebook<br />Youtube<br />Teachertube<br />Authorstream <br />Authorpoint Lite<br />Flickr<br />Slideshare<br />Slideboom<br />Microsoft Photo Story<br />Blogger or GAView Blog Tool<br />Wikispaces<br />Voicethread<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Social Media in the LMS<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Social Media in the LMS<br />Twitter can be used to share a “status update” much like an announcement or a quick communication among a certain group or student population.<br />Twitter is like a “mash-up” or mix of the blog forum and instant messaging.<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Social Media in the LMS<br />Facebook allows you to share “status updates,” as well videos and photos.<br />Facebook allows you to keep up with friends, family and coworkers both locally and abroad.<br />You could create an account for your class and create discussion group forums across sections for example.<br />Recommendation: Keep your class Facebook account separate from your personal Facebook account.<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Social Media in the LMS<br />Another social media tool that is easily integrated in the LMS is the blogging tool.<br />A blog is basically an electronic journal kept in chronological order that provides a history of postings which can be easily viewed.<br />One of the more commonly used blogs today is called Blogger, which can be found at www.blogger.comor you may also find a blogging tool right in your LMS. Based on general instructor feedback, students tend to post more words per entry in a blog than they do a standard Discussion forum. Their postings also tend to be more thoughtful.<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Social Media in the LMS<br /><ul><li>If collaboration is the goal, Google Sites and Google groups can be used together to allow multiple users to collaborate on a project, share ideas and for the nontechnical user(s) develop new skills. </li></ul>9<br /><ul><li>The instructor set up Groups in GoogleApps and designed an assignment requiring each group member to contribute to their Google Sites page.</li></li></ul><li>Social Media in the LMS<br /><br />10<br />This example was created in a recent Georgia Southern Counseling course by one of our graduate students.<br />
  10. 10. Social Media in the LMS<br />Youtube or Teachtube videos can also be incorporated into your course easily by using web links or the embed code. Here’s an example of a video that has been embeded into a Discussion Activity.<br />11<br />
  11. 11. Social Media in the LMS<br />Here’s an example of a Voicethread that I created as my personal course<br />Another audio/video tool that you could use is called Voicethread which can be found at . <br />Voicethread allows users to participate in group conversations around images, documents and videos.<br />In this exercise, students were instructed to create their own Voicethread introductions in the course. <br />12<br />
  12. 12. Social Media in the LMS<br />The ability to share photos is made easy through the use of tools like Flickr, Slideshare or Microsoft Digital Photostory.<br />In this example, Microsoft Photo Story was used with Powerpoint slides and photos. Students were instructed to pick a topic within given limits and tell a story using photos and voiceovers. You can see where these story telling skills might be incorporated in a writing class or other disciplines.<br /><br />13<br />
  13. 13. Social Media in the LMS<br />Slideshare, Slideboom or Authorstream are social media applications that can be used by instructors or students to share Powerpoint Presentations.<br />As an instructor, you could set up an assignment that allows students to research a topic and then share it with the class.<br /><br />14<br />
  14. 14. Social Media in the LMS<br />The key to using social media in the LMS is finding the tools that work best for you and that engage the students in the content.<br />Social media tools should add meaning to the content presented and should not be used primarily to add “flash” to a course. <br />Engaged students are more apt to return to the online learning environment which ultimately equates to higher student retention.<br />15<br />
  15. 15. Questions?<br />
  16. 16. Social Media in the LMS<br />Resources:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Social Media in the Learning Management System<br />17<br />
  17. 17. Social Media in the LMS<br />References:<br />Greer, J. (May 12, 2010) 5 Dos and Don’ts for College Students Using Social Media. Retrieved from<br />Pearson, C. (2010-2011) Internet Insight Groups provides Internet and Social Media Services.  Retrieved from:<br />Rueben, R. (July, 2008) The Use of Social Media in Higher Education for Marketing and Communications: A Guide for Professionals in Higher Education.  Retrieved from<br />Pedro, L. and Santos, C. (March 14, 2008) Social media tools and applications in Higher Education.  Retrieved from:<br />Loiacono , Jessica. (May, 2011) Child Advocacy: Bullying Against LGBTQ Youth<br />18<br />