Social Media in Microbiology Education

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A talk at the Annual Meeting of the Dutch Society for Microbiology, 17th April 2012.

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Social Media in Microbiology Education

  1. 1. Social Media and Microbiology Education Alan Cann School of Biological Sciences University of LeicesterFind me here: bit.ly/AJCann This talk: www.slideshare.net/AJCann
  2. 2. MicrobiologyBytes.com
  3. 3. What is “social media” ?• The part of the Internet where the content is generated by users of the service.• Its not about tools - its about conversations.
  4. 4. Is using social media in education a terrible idea? www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/6924209488• Time• Authority ("quality")• Just not needed - traditional tools have proved their worth?
  5. 5. What do students want?• Guidance and leadership through the maze• Compete with professional media (Facebook, games, television)• Value for money
  6. 6. What do we give them?• By and large, we give them what we experienced in education.• Where technology makes it easy for us to increase the pressure on them, we do so (email, online assessment).
  7. 7. What do we want?• Engaged, self-motivated, lifelong learners• And ... ?
  8. 8. So how do we get there?• Invest time & effort in not just doing it but in understanding how new media work.• Manage expectations - in particular that education is active not passive.• Give them clear targets and something to aim for.
  9. 9. Digital Natives versusVisitors and Residents ?
  10. 10. Pedagogies of Online Education
  11. 11. PLE versus PLN• Personal Learning Environment (PLE) - a collection of tools• Personal Learning Network (PLN) - a collection of people
  12. 12. It’s not about tools, it’s about creating the right networkBad networks! Good networks!
  13. 13. Peer networks - professional development?• Facebook but not Facebook• Minimalist guidance• Reflection• Feedback• Discussion (object centred)
  14. 14. 1. Content 3. Network2. Context
  15. 15. More?• bit.ly/AJCann• microbiologybytes.com/blog/tag/edu cation• scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com

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