Using social software in the MDE

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Using social software in the MDE

  1. 1. Using social software in the MDE Dr. Stella Porto Master of Distance Education Graduate School of Management & Technology University of Maryland University College http://www.slideshare.net/sporto/using-social-software-in-the-mde
  2. 2. Agenda •  Focus of this presentation •  Introduction   Background & context •  The Social Software experience in the MDE   Our activities   Lessons learned   Synergy and future •  Final remarks
  3. 3. Focus of this presentation The MDE focus on developing managers and leaders in the areas of e-learning & distance education within different settings, including: K-12, higher-education, corporate, non-profits, government and military. This presentation discusses a set of MDE initiatives developed beyond classroom instruction using social software tools.
  4. 4. Introduction: Context & Background – the MDE partnership
  5. 5. Context and landscape Oldenburg
  6. 6. Introduction: Context & background: the program •  Core competencies   Managing the DE system in a Corporate variety of settings Training &   Planning, budgeting, Learning development, delivery, and support of distance education and Faculty Media & distance training programs Support technology •  Target Audience   Potential managers of the Distance distance education enterprise in: Education   Educational organizations   Corporate / Business Instruction Higher   Government & Military Design & Education   Non-profit and associations Support •  Entirely online for part-time Leaders & working adults Managers •  International •  Collaborative
  7. 7. Introduction: Institutional Student support •  Enrollment management / Registrar   Admissions   Financial aid   Registration   Advising   Graduation •  Portal with self-services •  Academic specialist within the department •  Program director •  Library •  Office of disabilities
  8. 8. Social media: what it is
  9. 9. Social media: what it can do for us BEYOND instruction •  Virtual communities: cultivate a blend of challenge and support   Sharing beyond virtual classroom   Social network   Peer support   Tools: any social network tool or online group tools •  Sandbox for experiments, especially useful for distance educators   Learning with technology   Learning through technology   Acquiring skills   Developing technological competencies   Tools: ALL
  10. 10. Social media: what it can do for us BEYOND instruction •  Individual and collaborative means for producing and sharing content   Generation of user content   Building collective knowledge   Tools: blogs, wikis, collaborative documents, etc. •  Information diffusion and immediate feedback   Immediate communication with stakeholders   Collective feedback and appreciation   Tools: blogs, social networking, wikis, … •  Expanding knowledge in field of interest   Sharing new information and utilizing new media   Program-wide projects   Tools: audio, video, and image tools, blogs, social networking, …
  11. 11. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite BLOGS WIKIS VIDEOS SOCIAL NETWORKING
  12. 12. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE Hub The MDE Hub • The one-stop-shop for ALL MDE related information • Extremely flexible platform
  13. 13. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE Blog The MDE Blog • Initially was the one-stop-shop for all MDE information • Now, works exclusively as a blog • One-way communication - no interaction
  14. 14. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE Lounge The MDE-lounge • Real interaction • Privacy, listserv mode, discussion board, simple and not-invasive
  15. 15. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE Faculty Forum The Faculty-forum • Management effectiveness • Privacy, listserv mode, discussion board, simple and not-invasive
  16. 16. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE wiki The MDE wiki on new technologies • Knowledge-base • Information sharing • Meta-learning
  17. 17. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE capstone wiki The MDE capstone wiki • Support for final capstone: e-portfolio & research project • Information sharing • Direct relationship with instruction
  18. 18. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The capstone tutorial The MDE tutorial • Support for e-portfolio • Precursor of the MDE capstone wiki • Direct relationship with instruction
  19. 19. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: MDE Orientation The MDE orientation • Workshop with direct instructor-led support • Information sharing • Direct support to instruction
  20. 20. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE internship program The MDE internship program • Getting your feet wet as a distance educator • Supporting the program • Engaging in action research
  21. 21. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE Buddy Program The MDE buddy-system • Peer-support • Student initiative • Action research project
  22. 22. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: social network services Presence in social networks • Connections with graduates and prospective students • Marketing
  23. 23. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE Itinerant Video The MDE Itinerant video project • Graduate initiative • Celebration of the 10th anniversary • Community involvement
  24. 24. Tools and more tools: Allison’s toolbox Who is Allison? Allison is an MDE 2008 graduate and an collaborator in the MDE network…
  25. 25. Learning lessons…  There is a need for an active leadership role in all initiatives  Continuously invite community  Reach out to new students  Most participants are lurkers and that’s fine!  Integrating tools creates synergy  Students want to get involved, but they need a HAND  A few active members generate significant impact  Being personal is key  Ongoing projects and activities  Focus on respond to the needs of stakeholders
  26. 26. Synergy and future  Projects led and suggested by graduates  Virtual  Relationship conference for 10th with other anniversary UMUC units celebration  Partnerships in  Podcast series publishing and  Webinars academic work  Special interest groups
  27. 27. Final remarks  Thinking beyond the classroom  Enthusiasm is contagious  Experiment, experiment and experiment…  Count on your graduates and students  Networking is essential to everyone for different reasons
  28. 28. Thank you! Questions? Presentation can be found at: http://www.slideshare.net/sporto/using-social-software-in-the-mde Contact: sporto@umuc.edu
  29. 29. Introduction: Background •  Necessary shift from a campus based perspective   Needs go beyond those addressed in individual courses •  Focus on the needs of this specific target audience   Part-time   Full-time employment   Family duties   Long time away from school   Diverse academic and professional background

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