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Using Social Media to Help Learning Scale New Heights


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Presentation at 2015 eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference (eLCC)

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Using Social Media to Help Learning Scale New Heights

  1. 1. Using Social Media to Help Learners Scale New Heights & Reach New Peaks Kathy Keairns Director of Web-Based Learning 2015 eLCC Conference April 15-17, 2015
  2. 2. Agenda • How Social Media can be used to support the 7 Principles of Good Practice & Bloom’s Domains of Learning • Examples from two popular Social Media applications • Benefits, Challenges & Considerations • Resources & Evidence of Success
  3. 3. What is Social Media? Image: By John Atkinson @ • Collaborative • Sharing • Web-Based/Mobile • Interactive • Free • User Generated
  4. 4. Image: By John Atkinson @
  5. 5. Implementing the 7 Principles of Good Practice: Social Media as a Lever 1. Encourage contact between students & faculty 2. Develop reciprocity & cooperation among students 3. Encourage active learning 4. Provides Prompt Feedback 5. Emphasizes Time on Task 6. Communicates High Expectations 7. Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
  6. 6. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  7. 7. Pinterest
  8. 8. Learning & Teaching with Pinterest Assignment 1. Create a Pinterest account 2. Start your mood board by listing 5 words that relate to your stakeholder’s brand. These words can be anything from similar designs to feelings that the idea evokes. 3. Now the fun part! Create a Pinterest board for the discussion and start “pinning” or re-pin. Find at least 2 pins for each mood board component. In Pin’s textbox give a brief (1-2 sentences) and insightful explanation of why you chose it, why did it inspire you?
  9. 9. Learning & Teaching with Twitter Twitter is a "Micro-blogging" service (140 characters max. per post) with an emphasis on mobile devices. Posts are usually referred to as "tweets.” Tweets often include web links and "hash tags" (#eLCC2015) for grouping tweets by subject/keyword/course#. Source: Image by Brunsell on Flickr
  10. 10. Getting Started with Twitter • Create a twitter account (consider starting with a test account including a test email) • Follow leaders in your discipline • Follow @LangonCourses, @TEDED, @InsideHigerEd,, @brocansky, @OLC • Search and participate in event hashtags Blooms Taxonomy & Twitter
  11. 11. Recommendations for incorporating SM into your class • Familiarize yourself with tool before using it in your course • Select a tool that accommodates your objectives, solves a problem, and is appropriate for the tasks or skills to be learned • Limit yourself to one new tool at a time and keep it simple • Take advantage of campus resources available to you and your students • Include an evaluation plan Source: Image By John Atkinson @
  12. 12. Student Considerations • Provide students with how-to instructions and privacy guidelines • Demonstrate the learning benefits • Do not share grades • Offer options to students about how to represent themselves online • Inform students who will have access to their contributions • Develop community ground rules • Source: Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  13. 13. Evidence of Success? EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) SEI Case Studies and Study Guide & Template Source: Image by Esther Vargas on Flickr
  14. 14. Resources & References Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies Companion Website Implementing the 7 Principles: Technology as a Lever inciples.pdf Book – Minds Online, Teaching Effectively with Technology Quality Matters EDUCAUSE ELI Case Study Guide & Template U/edit?pli=1
  15. 15. Thank You! Kathy Keairns