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  1. 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. 2. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>The purpose of integrating social media in the LMS is to provide another way of communication that allows users to easily share information. </li></ul><ul><li>There are newer technologies available, like GoogleDocs which make it easier to collaborate and share text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleDocs can be used on multiple OS platforms and it can be accessed any where – any time! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>GoogleDocs can be accessed from a smart phone, laptop or desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>Documents can be viewed in real time. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no longer a need for multiple versions of documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Real time editing features and instant messaging across the globe. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>In defining the social network, there are many social media applications that can be shared through the LMS. Some of these include: </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Google Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Google Chat/Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Google Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube </li></ul><ul><li>Teachertube </li></ul><ul><li>Authorstream </li></ul><ul><li>Authorpoint Lite </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Slideboom </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Photo Story </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger or GAView Blog Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Voicethread </li></ul>
  5. 5. Social Media in the LMS
  6. 6. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>Twitter can be used to share a “status update” much like an announcement or a quick communication among a certain group or student population. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is like a “mash-up” or mix of the blog forum and instant messaging. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>Facebook allows you to share “status updates,” as well videos and photos. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook allows you to keep up with friends, family and coworkers both locally and abroad. </li></ul><ul><li>You could create an account for your class and create discussion group forums across sections for example. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation : Keep your class Facebook account separate from your personal Facebook account. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>Another social media tool that is easily integrated in the LMS is the blogging tool. </li></ul><ul><li>A blog is basically an electronic journal kept in chronological order that provides a history of postings which can be easily viewed. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the more commonly used blogs today is called Blogger, which can be found at www. blogger .com or 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. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social Media in the LMS <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><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></ul>
  10. 10. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li> </li></ul>This example was created in a recent Georgia Southern Counseling course by one of our graduate students.
  11. 11. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>Another audio/video tool that you could use is called Voicethread which can be found at voicethread .com/ . </li></ul><ul><li>Voicethread allows users to participate in group conversations around images, documents and videos. </li></ul><ul><li>In this exercise, students were instructed to create their own Voicethread introductions in the course. </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s an example of a Voicethread that I created as my personal course </li></ul>
  13. 13. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>The ability to share photos is made easy through the use of tools like Flickr, Slideshare or Microsoft Digital Photostory. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>Slideshare, Slideboom or Authorstream are social media applications that can be used by instructors or students to share Powerpoint Presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>As an instructor, you could set up an assignment that allows students to research a topic and then share it with the class. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Social media tools should add meaning to the content presented and should not be used primarily to add “flash” to a course. </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged students are more apt to return to the online learning environment which ultimately equates to higher student retention. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www. authorstream .com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www. blogger .com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www. teachertube .com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Media in the Learning Management System </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Social Media in the LMS <ul><li>References: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greer, J. (May 12, 2010) 5 Dos and Don’ts for College Students Using Social Media. Retrieved from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pearson, C. (2010-2011) Internet Insight Groups provides Internet and Social Media Services.  Retrieved from: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedro, L. and Santos, C. (March 14, 2008) Social media tools and applications in Higher Education.  Retrieved from: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loiacono , Jessica. (May, 2011) Child Advocacy: Bullying Against LGBTQ Youth </li></ul></ul>