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An excellent presentation from Mark Feltham (@markfeltham666) and Caroline Keep (@ka81) on their use of Facebook to support their teacher ediucation course.

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Mark Feltham: 10 reasons why you should use social media in your teaching…

  1. 1. 10 reasons why you should use social media in your teaching… Mark Feltham @markfeltham666 Caroline Keep @ka81 Liverpool John Moores University 3rd June #melsigljmu @melsigHEdW rks
  2. 2. The challenge... • Fundamentals of Science (Year long) • Core Module (350 students) across 6 programmes • Large amount of statistics (traditionally ‘dry’ subject) • 9 o’clock Monday morning • Students didn’t know each other • They had a range of learning styles • The old style of teaching wasn’t working for many students
  3. 3. The trouble with taxonomies
  4. 4. Flexible pedagogies, creative learning and the ‘maker ethos’
  5. 5. How it works… • Closed Facebook Groups • Semester 1 (ALL – alternate SM and traditional) • Set Tasks (TASKPRODS) on Facebook • Students post work to Facebook • Feedback to Facebook • Semester 2 (CHOICE) • Didactic v Creative Projects via SM
  6. 6. Stats Guides: printed / interactive
  7. 7. Stats Guides: Video Guide
  8. 8. Data Collection: observational / data logging
  9. 9. Data Collection: DIY experiments The output Result
  10. 10. Data Collection: Ornithopters
  11. 11. Data Collection: Rube Goldberg Machines
  12. 12. #statsexpo #doingstatisticsdifferently
  13. 13. 10 reasons why you should use social media in your teaching… HEdW rks
  14. 14. 1. Everything is in one familiar place • 99% students are already on it • No need to learn the quirks of a new platform
  15. 15. 2. It’s quick and easy to use • No separate login • Uploading is easy • Posting is easier still… •…and instantaneous • Mobile version is good
  16. 16. 3. It’s a great way for students to get to know each other… and you • Breaks down barriers • Builds rapport • Sense of community • Allows students to share in the experience • Promotes engagement
  17. 17. 4. Setting work is… • Quick • Easy • …and you can be as creative as you like • So it’s fun!
  18. 18. 5. It can cater for a variety of different learning styles • How work is set • How feedback is given • How students demonstrate their learning • Student centric
  19. 19. Student uploads (n=949): 46% were…
  20. 20. Uploads, posts and comments
  21. 21. BUT 54% of uploads were images
  22. 22. Video Posts
  23. 23. The importance of choice • Promotes ownership
  24. 24. 6. It promotes creativity “I call this piece “Frequency Histogram with Guinea Pig”
  25. 25. 7. Giving feedback is timely and efficient • Like, Comment, Msg • Instantaneous (notifications) • Targetted (‘Ask an ye shall receive’…)
  26. 26. 7. Feedback • Round-ups and general feedback • Peer to peer
  27. 27. 8. Students can decide when THEY want to work • Students can nip in and out as often or as little as they like (pace) • Can work when they want to (jobs, childcare) • Drip-drip… keeps module ticking over (steady learning) • Avoids the ‘punctuated disequilibrium ‘of traditional timetabling
  28. 28. Most work wasn’t done on lecture day…
  29. 29. ..nor in Uni hours
  30. 30. Breakdown of 691 posts (24 hours)
  31. 31. 9. It’s a great way to manage group work • Transparent • Scrape posts • Weight group marks • Break off into subgroups
  32. 32. 95% of groups work like this… May explain why only 33% students choose to work in groups!
  33. 33. 10. It’s mobile… think BYOD4L
  34. 34. Almost half of all posts were from mobile devices
  35. 35. So, what did the students think?
  36. 36. Live Twitter Feed from the Student Stats EXPO
  37. 37. The students’ views “With no limits or boundaries our imaginations went wild and loads of people made machines (Rube Goldbergs) that went over entire rooms. “A much more memorable way of learning statistics, because it was fun” “Stats made so much more sense in the context of using actual data we had collected.” “I have thoroughly enjoyed this module as being able to carry out a project has made learning and practicing statistics and SPSS so much easier” “I have loved how it’s given more scope to take charge of my own work and work under my own steam”
  38. 38. The students’ views “I have really enjoyed it. It makes you more independent and also using Facebook is a lot quicker with regards feedback.” “It was awesome! Working in a group was fun as we were able to use each other’s skills to our advantage.” “I really enjoyed having the freedom to work on my stats in my own time... the task set was more of a fun activity than an assignment! I feel I learned a lot more than I would have done from lectures at 9am.” “The Facebook module made life and the way the work needed completing a lot easier! Relaxing, stress free and the future of university learning! “
  39. 39. 5 x rubber bands A piece of string Sticky tape Scissors 2 x sheets of A4 paper 1 x sheet of graph paper A small length of stiff black card A piece of ‘Blutack’ (actually it’s ‘Whitetack’) A 1p and 5p coin A foam triangle A piece of wire 3 x small coloured pencils 2 x cable ties
  40. 40. WORKSHOP How to use Social Media to engage your students in creative learning PLEASE JOIN THANK YOU