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  • 1. Social Media in the Learning Management System (LMS)
    By
    David E. Lloyd and Louise Fechter
    Images were furnished by Google Images. 5/10/2011
  • 2. Social Media in the LMS
    The purpose of integrating social media in the LMS is to provide another way of communication that allows users to easily share information.
    There are newer technologies available, like GoogleDocs which make it easier to collaborate and share text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
    GoogleDocs can be used on multiple OS platforms and it can be accessed any where – any time!
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  • 3. Social Media in the LMS
    GoogleDocs can be accessed from a smart phone, laptop or desktop.
    Documents can be viewed in real time.
    There is no longer a need for multiple versions of documents.
    Real time editing features and instant messaging across the globe.
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  • 4. Social Media in the LMS
    In defining the social network, there are many social media applications that can be shared through the LMS. Some of these include:
    Twitter
    Google Docs
    Google Voice
    Google Chat/Talk
    Google Groups
    Facebook
    Youtube
    Teachertube
    Authorstream
    Authorpoint Lite
    Flickr
    Slideshare
    Slideboom
    Microsoft Photo Story
    Blogger or GAView Blog Tool
    Wikispaces
    Voicethread
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  • 5. Social Media in the LMS
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  • 6. Social Media in the LMS
    Twitter can be used to share a “status update” much like an announcement or a quick communication among a certain group or student population.
    Twitter is like a “mash-up” or mix of the blog forum and instant messaging.
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  • 7. Social Media in the LMS
    Facebook allows you to share “status updates,” as well videos and photos.
    Facebook allows you to keep up with friends, family and coworkers both locally and abroad.
    You could create an account for your class and create discussion group forums across sections for example.
    Recommendation: Keep your class Facebook account separate from your personal Facebook account.
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  • 8. Social Media in the LMS
    Another social media tool that is easily integrated in the LMS is the blogging tool.
    A blog is basically an electronic journal kept in chronological order that provides a history of postings which can be easily viewed.
    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.
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  • 9. Social Media in the LMS
    • 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.
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    • The instructor set up Groups in GoogleApps and designed an assignment requiring each group member to contribute to their Google Sites page.
  • Social Media in the LMS
    https://sites.google.com/a/georgiasouthern.edu/child-advocacy-lgbtq/home
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    This example was created in a recent Georgia Southern Counseling course by one of our graduate students.
  • 10. Social Media in the LMS
    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.
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  • 11. Social Media in the LMS
    Here’s an example of a Voicethread that I created as my personal course http://voicethread.com/share/1276482/
    Another audio/video tool that you could use is called Voicethread which can be found at voicethread.com/ .
    Voicethread allows users to participate in group conversations around images, documents and videos.
    In this exercise, students were instructed to create their own Voicethread introductions in the course.
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  • 12. Social Media in the LMS
    The ability to share photos is made easy through the use of tools like Flickr, Slideshare or Microsoft Digital Photostory.
    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.
    http://louisefechter.pbworks.com/w/page/30033215/Digital-Story
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  • 13. Social Media in the LMS
    Slideshare, Slideboom or Authorstream are social media applications that can be used by instructors or students to share Powerpoint Presentations.
    As an instructor, you could set up an assignment that allows students to research a topic and then share it with the class.
    http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/lfechter-855693-gaview-assessments-for-ada-students/
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  • 14. Social Media in the LMS
    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.
    Social media tools should add meaning to the content presented and should not be used primarily to add “flash” to a course.
    Engaged students are more apt to return to the online learning environment which ultimately equates to higher student retention.
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  • 15. Questions?
  • 16. Social Media in the LMS
    Resources:
    http://mashable.com/2010/10/16/free-social-media-tools-for-teachers/
    http://docs.google.com
    http://twitter.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/
    http://www.wikispaces.com/
    http://www.youtube.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/
    www.authorstream.com/
    http://microsoft-photo-story.en.softonic.com/
    http://voicethread.com/
    www.blogger.com/
    www.teachertube.com/
    Social Media in the Learning Management System
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  • 17. Social Media in the LMS
    References:
    Greer, J. (May 12, 2010) 5 Dos and Don’ts for College Students Using Social Media. Retrieved fromhttp://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2010/05/12/5-dos-and-donts-for-college-students-using-social-media?PageNr=1
    Pearson, C. (2010-2011) Internet Insight Groups provides Internet and Social Media Services.  Retrieved from:  http://www.interactiveinsightsgroup.com/blog1/socialmediabeginnersguide/social-media-tools-101/#Blogs
    Rueben, R. (July, 2008) The Use of Social Media in Higher Education for Marketing and Communications: A Guide for Professionals in Higher Education.  Retrieved fromhttp://doteduguru.com/id423-social-media-uses-higher-education-marketing-communication.html
    Pedro, L. and Santos, C. (March 14, 2008) Social media tools and applications in Higher Education.  Retrieved from:http://www.slideshare.net/csantos/social-media-tools-and-applications-in-higher-education
    Loiacono , Jessica. (May, 2011) Child Advocacy: Bullying Against LGBTQ Youth https://sites.google.com/a/georgiasouthern.edu/child-advocacy-lgbtq/home
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