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Social Media for Learning & Teaching


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This presentation was delivered at City of Glasgow College during their CPD week in June 2014. The presentation gives an overview of blogs, media sharing tools, digital curation tools, and social networking tools, giving exemplars of how these tools have been used in an educational context.

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Social Media for Learning & Teaching

  1. 1. for Learning &Teaching Social Media19/6/2014 Using the Cloud
  2. 2. Introductions Celeste McLaughlin Advisor: Staff Development Twitter: @celeste_mcl City of Glasgow, ONE CITY event, 19 June 2014
  3. 3. Using Blogs & Micro-blogs Media SharingTools Curating Web Resources Social Networking Outline
  4. 4. ETNA: Use of Social Media tools › Social media tools are widely available across colleges (although some tools are blocked) › There is a notable variation in use of the tools with YouTube identified as the most popular tool › 70% of academic respondents agreed that the use of social media tools enhances the quality of the learning experience › Some respondents felt that tools were a distraction and should remain in the social space of learners Social Media Use in Scottish FE -
  5. 5. Snapshot of current uses › Lagging behind – Facebook; Blogs; Wikis;Twitter –Facebook – divided opinions –e-Safety » ETNA 2012 Key Findings Report Learners actively use it. Good to use popular tool for learning Uneasiness around using personal/non-college tools with learners ETNA 2012 Key Findings Report -
  6. 6. Blogs • Online journal with chronological posts that are also searchable • Commenting facility • Other media can be easily incorporated (e.g. video or images) • Excellent tool to encourage reflection • Records distance travelled • A good tool for building up evidence Blogs
  7. 7. Use of Blogs at CumbernauldCollege HNC Creative Industries students at Cumbernauld College Mixture of written work (theory) put in context with student generated content such as videos, blogs, images etc Feedback transparent & linked to LO. Feedback becomes a conversation with tutor. Students also reflected on work and provide constructive feedback to others. Jisc RSC Scotland Case Study - Case Study
  8. 8. Micro-blogs • Post small pieces of digital content (maximum number of characters) • Posts followed (by friends, colleagues, students) • Instant publication with few restrictions • Portable tool which feels organic and spontaneous • Good collaboration and information sharing tool • Can encourage reflection, peer review with the potential to enrich learning experiences Micro-blogs -Twitter
  9. 9. Multimedia sharing • Photo sharing – Flickr • Video sharing –YouTube,Teacher tube • Presentation sharing – Slide Share Multimedia sharing
  10. 10. Icons by Jisc RSC Scotland Case Study - Case Study
  11. 11. Digital Curation »Select & organise topic based, searchable collections using online tools
  12. 12. › Enables storing, organising & sharing favourite websites › Meaningful keywords added so collections are searchable › Bookmarks can be shared with students or colleagues › Sets of resources can be presented in visually stimulating formats Benefits of Digital CurationTools
  13. 13. Facebook -What is it ? »Facebook is a global social network used by 12.1% of the world’s population. (1) »It’s popularity is defined by the opportunities it gives to its users to communicate, collaborate and share in a way that has never been possible before. (1) (2012) accessed Decmeber 2013 Image form Flickr by ideamediagirl licensed through CC
  14. 14. Why use facebook? Image form Flickr by owenbrown licensed through CC » It is fast becoming the preferred method of communication » It is accessible from any internet enabled device » It is easy to use » Learners are familiar with the interface and functionality » Supports collaborative and creative work practices » Supports the development of digital literacy skills » A vehicle for advocating safe and responsible use of internet technologies
  15. 15. Image form Wikimedia Commons Case Study
  16. 16. Drawbacks of Facebook Image form Flickr by owenbrown licensed through CC »Learners / staff could be subject to inappropriate behaviours »Blurring private / personal both for learners and staff »Potential for personal information to be compromised »Additional learning platform to support »Steeper learning curve for staff »Perception of high e-Safety risk »Facebook changes to privacy settings / defaults
  17. 17. Reviewing your privacy settings
  18. 18. Useful Links Facebook for Educators (PDF): df JISCLegal – Facing up to Facebook: Facebook Safety: Pages and Groups: Department/483441971728348
  19. 19. Things to consider… eSafety & Facebook Carry out a risk assessment for Facebook usage Establish an AUP for Facebook usage Establish a clear take down policy Data Protection & Facebook Ensure staff know about fair and lawful use of personal data Make learners aware of DP using Facebook Ensure learners know how to protect their privacy Offer learner’s alternatives to using Facebook Copyright & Facebook Establish a clear policy on copyright ownership at the outset Raise awareness with staff & learners on the risks of copyright infringement Accessibility & Facebook Make reasonable adjustments for learners with additional needs Make staff aware of their accessibility obligations Promote and aid accessibility throughout your institution
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  21. 21. Benefits Social Media applications are easy to use and and can be easily accessed online using a browser Modernises the curriculum with many already being used by young people - Can communicate with students outside class time Increases choice and the scope for personalisation & learner autonomy Improves possibilities for deeper & reflective learning Supports collaboration & communication (tutor to student & student to student) Largely free or very inexpensive & inherently scalable Benefits
  22. 22. Limitations Limitations Information overload: difficult to keep track of multiple posts Students may not like overlap between private and educational tools (e.g social networking sites) Can be time-consuming to moderate tools Need to make students aware of inappropriate use and e-Safety issues Awarding Bodies require to have confidence in systems
  23. 23. Things to consider…. Start with one tool – work on that and add others later! Consider what tools will be appropriate for your subject and student group Use the tools to engage with peers/colleagues Think quality rather than quantity Things to consider…