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More and more, instructors are integrating social media into curriculum to
engage students and prompt collaborative learning. The popularity of
social media in class sessions is gaining, and the use of conventional
technology such as computers, laptops, etc. in certain disciplines of
study is waning. Social media Websites have become assets in the
classroom for some educators, me included.
The main reason for the popularity of social media in the classroom, I
believe, is the collaborative nature of social media platforms. Social
media is a useful way of connecting students, one that is easily available
and affordable. In most cases social media is free, making it
cost-effective. All that is required is a computer or computing device,
an Internet connection, and a browser.
In "Experiential Education with Social Media," I present a case study I
conducted using Facebook in an undergraduate electronic media course at
the University of Cincinnati. Did Facebook serve my pedagogical objectives
of involving students with content first and technology second? It did.