Social Media: A New Resource for Education

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A presentation for the Society for General Microbiology Education Division symposium “Communicating Microbiology”, Edinburgh, April 2008.

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  • A presentation given at the Society for General Microbiology Education Division symposium “Communicating Microbiology”, Edinburgh, April 2008. Dr Alan J. Cann, Department of Biology, Adrian Building, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK.
  • Social Media: A New Resource for Education

    1. 1. Social media: a new resource Alan J. Cann Department of Biology University of Leicester. <ul><li>Blogging / Podcasting at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>microbiologybytes.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>frogroom-podcast.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. How do we manage complexity? <ul><li>Do some reading! </li></ul>
    3. 3. Everything is Miscellaneous <ul><li>Weinberger’s key messages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Things change when they become digital. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filter on the way out, not the way in. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Categorization is doomed (everything is miscellaneous). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bottom up is the only way to cope (give up control). </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. The Power/Wisdom of Crowds <ul><li>Clay Shirky’s examples: </li></ul><ul><li>London Tube Bombings </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia vs. Britannica </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is a media outlet </li></ul>
    5. 5. Taxonomy vs. folksonomy <ul><li>Taxonomies imply &quot;knowledge in a box&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Like Schrödinger's cat, knowledge may have multiple states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>del.icio.us ( del.icio.us/AJCann/microbiology ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOT: Good vs. Evil, either/or - BOTH! </li></ul>
    6. 6. microbiologybytes.wordpress.com Syndication:
    7. 7. Examples: <ul><li>BS3035: Microchunking virology </li></ul><ul><li>James Kalmakoff, New Zealand: Social networking in a virology course </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Upton, Canada: Virology course Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environments at UoL </li></ul>
    8. 8. Trouble in t’music industry Mr Arkwright: <ul><li>The music industry is no longer selling a physical product: </li></ul><ul><li>Radiohead, REM, Nine Inch Nails: </li></ul><ul><li>In the music industry, publishers were a filter. With digital music, social networks are the filter. </li></ul>
    9. 9. And in education? <ul><li>Is education a physical product? </li></ul><ul><li>Disintermediation: students are finding information for themselves - we are no longer the guardians (of knowledge or technology). </li></ul><ul><li>Social tools & collaboration - wanted or not - who are we assessing? </li></ul><ul><li>What do employers want? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Who needs education? <ul><li>What should we teach? </li></ul><ul><li>Actively manage your network (the wisdom of crowds) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environments (Lifelong Learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Staff? </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>microbiologybytes.com/AJC </li></ul><ul><li>This talk is on Slideshare: </li></ul><ul><li>slideshare.net/AJCann </li></ul><ul><li>Please leave a comment: </li></ul><ul><li>twitter. com/AJCann </li></ul>

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