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New Information Delivery Technologies: Social Software for Instruction

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New Information Delivery Technologies: Social Software for Instruction

  1. 1. SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR INSTRUCTION MEREDITH FARKAS http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofscrantonlibrary/3720985079/
  2. 2. WHY USE SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR INSTRUCTION? <ul><li>Usually free software </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to maintain on the systems side </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use for the non-techie </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to update than a typical website </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to provide up-to-the minute content </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanisms for subscribing or “liking” </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback mechanisms </li></ul>
  3. 3. BLOGS FOR POINT OF NEED INSTRUCTION
  4. 12. BLOGS <ul><li>Why blogs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to install the software and maintain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for both timely and static content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can subscribe to get new content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable and browseable (through tags) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why not blogs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An individual blog is difficult to organize for supporting multiple subjects </li></ul></ul>
  5. 13. WIKIS AS SUBJECT GUIDES
  6. 17. WIKIS <ul><li>Why wiki? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better for supporting instruction in multiple subjects than a blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to install the software and maintain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use (for the non-web designer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to update on-the-fly (like during an instruction session!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable and browseable (through categories) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why not wiki? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not conducive to content re-use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not good if posting timely content is the priority </li></ul></ul>
  7. 18. FACEBOOK FOR THE ULTIMATE PORTAL
  8. 22. FACEBOOK <ul><li>Why Facebook? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our students are already there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can “like” you and then find you easily </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why not Facebook? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FB is constantly changing the layout and limitations of pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You do need to know HTML to make this work </li></ul></ul>
  9. 23. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING FOR GUIDE CONTENT MANAGEMENT
  10. 28. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING <ul><li>Why social bookmarking? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can reuse microcontent (link/title/description) across multiple web pages/guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only need to update a resource in one place </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why not social bookmarking? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliant on a 3 rd party service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations on display of content unless you have programming skills </li></ul></ul>
  11. 29. TIPS <ul><li>Protect your content – don’t use third-party hosted platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out if you want to have timely content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For blogs and Facebook – regular updates are critical </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a maintenance plan </li></ul><ul><li>Have a marketing plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote in instruction sessions! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 30. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Find me at </li></ul><ul><li>meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>mgfarkas (at) gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>flickr, twitter: librarianmer </li></ul><ul><li>facebook: meredithfarkas </li></ul>Slides and links at http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/trucolorsfly/2401196653/

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