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Using social media for learning, teaching and research

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  1. 1. Using social media for learning, teaching and research Gráinne Conole Bath Spa Innovating Pedagogy Seminar 9th March 2016 National Teaching Fellow 2012 Ascilite fellow 2012EDEN fellow 2013
  2. 2. Outline • Characteristics of new media • What is your digital network • Using social media for: – Learning – Teaching – Research • Benefits and risks • Types of tools • Case studies • Blogs, Twitter and facebook
  3. 3. Activity • What are the characteristics of new technologies? • What are their implications for learning, teaching and research?
  4. 4. New media Characteristics • Lots out there! • LinkedIn – what the benefits? • A lot of superficial use • Time consuming and distracting • Need to be disciplined with the use of social media Implications Conole and Alevizou, 2010
  5. 5. 5 • Technology immersed • Learning approaches: task- orientated, experiential, just in time, cumulative, social • Personalised digital learning environment • Mix of institutional systems and Cloud-based tools and services • Use of course materials with free resources Sharpe, Beetham and De Freitas, 2010 Learner experience
  6. 6. EDUCAUSE study • Students drawn to new technologies but rely on more traditional ones • Consider technologies offer major educational benefits • Mixed views of LMSs
  7. 7. Game changers • Harness the power of new media • Need to rethink education • How can we reach more learners, more effectively? • Impact of free resources, tools and expertise? • New business models? • New digital literacies?
  8. 8. Activity: What’s your digital network?
  9. 9. My network
  10. 10. Activity: fb love it or hate it? Pros • Sharing issues • Focus on personal interests, like music Cons • Don’t use enough • Sharing personal stuff • Trivial posts
  11. 11. What tools can students use for their learning? • Don’t use Minerva enough • Email • Google to find relevant resources • Fb and Twitter • Phone • Multi-tasking across tools • Phone at the centre of their learning • YouTube and free resources
  12. 12. What tools do you use for teaching? • Google, YouTube • Minerva • PowerPoint • Guest speakers • Skype for tutorials • Students like videos, but keep under 10 minutes
  13. 13. What tools do you use for Research? • Google, Google Scholar • Library • Dragon voice activated software • Skype
  14. 14. Activity: using new media for research • How would you use the following for research (i.e. data collection, dissemination, discussion)? –Blogs –Facebook –Google+ –LinkedIn – –Twitter –Flickr and Youtube –Diigo –Mandeley –Dropbox –Others?
  15. 15. Social media • Range of internet-based tools that allow people to create, co-create, share and interact with information
  16. 16. Benefits of social media • Students can communicate with their peers • Researchers can be part of a global community • Students can use to demonstrate their competences • Universities can use to interact with a variety of audiences
  17. 17. Risks of social media • Ethical, privacy and security issues • Time consuming • Inappropriate use • Ownership • Constantly changing
  18. 18. Types of tools • Social networking tools – e.g. facebook • Reflective tools – e.g. blogs and Twitter • Gaming tools and virtual worlds – e.g. SecondLife • Communication tools – e.g. WhatsApp • Consumer tools – e.g. price comparison sites
  19. 19. Case studies • Recruitment and transition to HE – Social searching for recruitment – Support prior to enrolment – Peer mentoring • Research – Part of a scholarly community – Development of a professional profile – Disseminating research – Resource discovery – Undertaking research
  20. 20. Case studies • Employability – Social Media Knowledge Exchange – Development of a professional network • Public engagement – Dissemination to general public • Enhancing learning and teaching – Extending beyond the classroom – Peer review – Twitter as a back channel – Keeping in touch when on placement – Wikis to co-create knowledge • Keeping in touch with Alumni
  21. 21. Blogs • Of the moment reflections • Digital archive • The power of peer review • Record of events, reviews and resources • Wider audience reach and hence profile • Link into facebook and Twitter • Complements traditional publication routes gconole.wordpress,com
  22. 22. Bloggers worth reading M. Weller G. Siemens T. Anderson
  23. 23. Using facebook
  24. 24. Ideas for harnessing Web 2.0? Twitter
  25. 25. Doing a session on using social media for learning, teaching and research, any good links? Anna Mathews @anna_mathews 22h22 hours ago Hi @gconole You might find this link more useable @gillferrell @ucisa
  26. 26. Final thoughts • Participatory and social media enable new forms of communication and collaboration • Communities in these spaces are complex and distributed • Learners and teachers need to develop new digital literacy skills to harness their potential • We need to rethink how we design, support and assess learning • Open, participatory and social media can provide mechanisms for us to share and discuss teaching and research ideas in new ways • We are seeing a blurring of boundaries: teachers/learners, teaching/research, real/virtual spaces, formal/informal modes of communication and
  27. 27. References • UCISA social media toolkit – media/344996%20UCISA%20-%20Book%20v8%208-12-15- final.ashx • M. Weller - The digital scholar – • EDUCAUSE – tweet • Using Twitter to enhance social presence – o_Enhance_Social_Presence.pdf
  28. 28. Blog: Twitter: @gconole