HOW DO YOU WEB?
Undergraduate Focus Groups
for Informing Pedagogy
Derek Bruff (@derekbruff) & Rhett McDaniel
Center for Te...
What can we learn about how our
students use social media (etc.) that
might inform faculty interested in
integrating techn...
ECAR Study of
Undergraduate
Students and
Information
Technology
2013

Someone else’s
Data!
The CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium on the Future of Teaching
Frank Wcislo

Todd Hughes
Vanderbilt
Data!
6

FOCUS GROUPS

35
a lot
STUDENTS

OF DATA
Thanks to…
Dan Morrison
Stacey Kizer
Katie Taylor
Jessica Riviere
Courtney Campbell
Adam Wilsman
Nayana Bose
Some Questions…
Where is the first place
you go when you boot
up your laptop, tablet, or
other computer?

Do you engage in...
What do students do online outside of
their academic work?
“I just check to see what’s going on. I use
the Facebook chat a...
What do students do online outside of
their academic work?
“Also, I feel like I get a lot of news from
Twitter just becaus...
What do students do online outside of
their academic work?
“On my phone I have Google Reader, and I
have an aggregate of R...
What do students do online outside of
their academic work?
“Most frequently I’m on Deviant Art, like,
hands-down. I just l...
SIDEBAR: MEMES
Student 1: I may have to explain it, but I make
Memes, occasionally.
Student 2: Oh, God, Memes?
Facilitator: Yeah, explain...
What do students say about our
course management system?
“It’s just a lot easier when you have access to the
syllabi and y...
What do students say about our
course management system?
“People are so much more likely to talk
about something in person...
What do students say about our
course management system?
“I’ve also been in a couple classes that
make small groups within...
What do students say about other
academic uses of technology?
“I really like using the citations on
Wikipedia because, ya ...
What do students say about other
academic uses of technology?
“I really like when the professors use
PowerPoint in class. ...
How do students talk about social
media ∩ academic work?
Social

Academic

???
How do students talk about social
media ∩ academic work?
“Yeah, I feel like Facebook’s more -- especially
since the advent...
How do students talk about social
media ∩ academic work?
“Like, we’re not friends, they just give me a
grade.”

Social

Ac...
So how might faculty use social media
(etc.) to support learning?
“If you had a site that was specifically, like, ‘here’s
...
So how might faculty use social media
(etc.) to support learning?
“I don’t know if I tweet a lot, but I look at other
Twee...
So how might faculty use social media
(etc.) to support learning?
“Now, if you altered OAK to be more bloglike… If it were...
THINK-PAIRTHINK-PAIR-SHARE
Given the perspectives shared by these
students, what advice would you give to a
faculty member...
Derek Bruff: derek.bruff@vanderbilt.edu
Rhett McDaniel: rhett.mcdaniel@vanderbilt.edu
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: cft....
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How Do You Web? Undergraduate Focus Groups for Informing Pedagogy

  1. 1. HOW DO YOU WEB? Undergraduate Focus Groups for Informing Pedagogy Derek Bruff (@derekbruff) & Rhett McDaniel Center for Teaching (@vandycft) Vanderbilt University
  2. 2. What can we learn about how our students use social media (etc.) that might inform faculty interested in integrating technology into teaching and learning?
  3. 3. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2013 Someone else’s Data!
  4. 4. The CFT’s 25th Anniversary Symposium on the Future of Teaching Frank Wcislo Todd Hughes
  5. 5. Vanderbilt Data!
  6. 6. 6 FOCUS GROUPS 35 a lot STUDENTS OF DATA
  7. 7. Thanks to… Dan Morrison Stacey Kizer Katie Taylor Jessica Riviere Courtney Campbell Adam Wilsman Nayana Bose
  8. 8. Some Questions… Where is the first place you go when you boot up your laptop, tablet, or other computer? Do you engage in any kind of discussions online? If so, where and how do these discussions occur? When you want to learn about something (in politics, sports, health, entertainment, etc.), where online do you go? What do you do there? What technologies do you find useful for your academic work at Vanderbilt? Some Answers…
  9. 9. What do students do online outside of their academic work? “I just check to see what’s going on. I use the Facebook chat a lot to talk to people; friends from school and friends from other schools.” “In terms of Facebook, it’s just keeping up to date with family and friends from home and that’s what I say for Twitter, too.”
  10. 10. What do students do online outside of their academic work? “Also, I feel like I get a lot of news from Twitter just because I check, like, what’s trending, like, I found out about when Whitney Houston died on Twitter…” “I have an order of things I always check in every day. [Facebook,] email, news, ESPN, and then whatever I decide. I go to a bunch of video sites and check out some funny videos and then that’s all, really.”
  11. 11. What do students do online outside of their academic work? “On my phone I have Google Reader, and I have an aggregate of RSS feeds for certain tech blogs and other sites I love. That’s kind of one of the main things.
  12. 12. What do students do online outside of their academic work? “Most frequently I’m on Deviant Art, like, hands-down. I just love that website… Literature, poetry, stuff like that. Things based on books and stuff. And, like, I talk to a lot of people in there… I know people from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, different parts of America.”
  13. 13. SIDEBAR: MEMES
  14. 14. Student 1: I may have to explain it, but I make Memes, occasionally. Student 2: Oh, God, Memes? Facilitator: Yeah, explain. Student 1: It’s -Student 2: So complicated. Student 1: It’s, like, yeah. It’s like a -- it’s kind of like an inside joke. An inside joke from, like -Student 3: Of the internet. Student 1: Basically. And everyone on the internet can vibe to it. Student 4: This is so different than Memes that, like, the definition of Memes in social science; right?
  15. 15. What do students say about our course management system? “It’s just a lot easier when you have access to the syllabi and your grades and everything in one place. “It’s like the electronic solution for like papers and stuff, so…you don’t have to print out or worry about losing it. It’s always on the computer.” “I think every teacher should have to put their syllabus online because I like have a few teachers this semester who don’t do it and it’s really annoying.”
  16. 16. What do students say about our course management system? “People are so much more likely to talk about something in person, on Facebook, or in email because they’re more accessible. Like, like those things are designed to use for communication, whereas OAK isn’t necessarily designed for that. And so people are less likely to communicate through it.”
  17. 17. What do students say about our course management system? “I’ve also been in a couple classes that make small groups within the class, especially if it’s a big, lecture class. And they’ll kind of assign you a small group and they’ll make a group on OAK within the course and you’ll do assignments together and you can also share your notes on OAK, so that’s kind of cool.”
  18. 18. What do students say about other academic uses of technology? “I really like using the citations on Wikipedia because, ya know, if you’re struggling to find stuff through other databases, you can go to Wikipedia. You get a kinda overview of the topic, so you, like, have a general understanding, and then if there’s something more specific that you know you’re gonna write about the topic, it’ll list a set of sources.”
  19. 19. What do students say about other academic uses of technology? “I really like when the professors use PowerPoint in class. I don’t think it’s necessary for them to put all the notes in the PowerPoint because then it kind of defeats the purpose of paying attention. You’re just going to write it all down. But if there’s really no visual aid and it’s just them talking I know a lot of people tend to zone out.”
  20. 20. How do students talk about social media ∩ academic work? Social Academic ???
  21. 21. How do students talk about social media ∩ academic work? “Yeah, I feel like Facebook’s more -- especially since the advent of Timeline -- it’s, like, this is my entire life and it’s out there and we’re just going to merge it with the classroom? So it’s just, kind of like, wait, wait. Back up a little bit..” “Yeah, I’d worry it would be a little too invasive. I know a lot of my friends have their Twitters protected, too. So, creating a separate account would be pretty easy.”
  22. 22. How do students talk about social media ∩ academic work? “Like, we’re not friends, they just give me a grade.” Social Academic
  23. 23. So how might faculty use social media (etc.) to support learning? “If you had a site that was specifically, like, ‘here’s help with homework’ and it’s formatted so that it’s really easy to use… like Twitter feeds where it can just pop up and, ya know, hey, someone just posted about this question in class. And you could tag, like, what [question] number you’re working on... I think that could be really helpful, but I would think that it would almost have to be something that isn’t in use now..”
  24. 24. So how might faculty use social media (etc.) to support learning? “I don’t know if I tweet a lot, but I look at other Tweets, and I think that could be kind of interesting for a class that maybe has some kind of project if they used Twitter for it. And I do know classes that do that. If they have a final project and they’re promoting it, and they’re trying to get advertising for it they’ll use Twitter. But I think that would be cool in other classes to kind of expand that.”
  25. 25. So how might faculty use social media (etc.) to support learning? “Now, if you altered OAK to be more bloglike… If it were just, like, a blog that you went through, that might be a little bit more accessible, you know. Because the nice thing about OAK is that all of your classes are in one place. So if you could access all of, like, theoretical class blogs in one place, that would be really nice, but -- I don’t know.”
  26. 26. THINK-PAIRTHINK-PAIR-SHARE Given the perspectives shared by these students, what advice would you give to a faculty member interested in integrating technology in their teaching?
  27. 27. Derek Bruff: derek.bruff@vanderbilt.edu Rhett McDaniel: rhett.mcdaniel@vanderbilt.edu Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: cft.vanderbilt.edu Meme featuring Mike Caulfield, courtesy Amy Collier

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