New Information Delivery Technologies: Social Software for Instruction

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  • 1. SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR INSTRUCTION MEREDITH FARKAS http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofscrantonlibrary/3720985079/
  • 2. WHY USE SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR INSTRUCTION?
    • Usually free software
    • Easy to maintain on the systems side
    • Easy to use for the non-techie
    • Easier to update than a typical website
    • Ways to provide up-to-the minute content
    • Mechanisms for subscribing or “liking”
    • Feedback mechanisms
  • 3. BLOGS FOR POINT OF NEED INSTRUCTION
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  • 12. BLOGS
    • Why blogs?
      • Easy to install the software and maintain
      • Easy to use
      • Good for both timely and static content
      • Students can subscribe to get new content
      • Searchable and browseable (through tags)
    • Why not blogs?
      • An individual blog is difficult to organize for supporting multiple subjects
  • 13. WIKIS AS SUBJECT GUIDES
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  • 17. WIKIS
    • Why wiki?
      • Better for supporting instruction in multiple subjects than a blog
      • Easy to install the software and maintain
      • Easy to use (for the non-web designer)
      • Easy to update on-the-fly (like during an instruction session!)
      • Searchable and browseable (through categories)
    • Why not wiki?
      • Not conducive to content re-use
      • Not good if posting timely content is the priority
  • 18. FACEBOOK FOR THE ULTIMATE PORTAL
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  • 22. FACEBOOK
    • Why Facebook?
      • Our students are already there
      • Students can “like” you and then find you easily
    • Why not Facebook?
      • FB is constantly changing the layout and limitations of pages
      • You do need to know HTML to make this work
  • 23. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING FOR GUIDE CONTENT MANAGEMENT
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  • 28. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING
    • Why social bookmarking?
      • Can reuse microcontent (link/title/description) across multiple web pages/guides
      • Only need to update a resource in one place
    • Why not social bookmarking?
      • Reliant on a 3 rd party service
      • Limitations on display of content unless you have programming skills
  • 29. TIPS
    • Protect your content – don’t use third-party hosted platforms
    • Figure out if you want to have timely content
      • For blogs and Facebook – regular updates are critical
    • Have a maintenance plan
    • Have a marketing plan
      • Promote in instruction sessions!
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    • Questions?
    • Find me at
    • meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress
    • mgfarkas (at) gmail.com
    • flickr, twitter: librarianmer
    • facebook: meredithfarkas
    Slides and links at http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/trucolorsfly/2401196653/