Social Software in Higher
        Education

         Meredith Farkas
    Distance Learning Librarian
       Norwich Unive...
Our students have changed radically.
 Today’s students are no longer the
 people our educational system was
 designed to t...
The typical student?
The typical student?
The Typical student?
If Higher Education
 Listened to Me…
Millennials (born after 1980)
Millennials (born after 1980)
• “Some of the best teachers I’ve had are the
  ones I connect with personally… I think that...
Millennials (born after 1980)
• “Some of the best teachers I’ve had are the
  ones I connect with personally… I think that...
Millennials
Millennials
• “If we could speak to our professors [via IM],
  it would feel like they’re on our level, more
  accessible.”
Millennials
• “If we could speak to our professors [via IM],
  it would feel like they’re on our level, more
  accessible....
Millennials
• “If we could speak to our professors [via IM],
  it would feel like they’re on our level, more
  accessible....
Generation X
(1965-1980)
Generation X
             (1965-1980)
• “A professor should be more than just a ‘talking
  head’ up in front of the class;...
Generation X
             (1965-1980)
• “A professor should be more than just a ‘talking
  head’ up in front of the class;...
Baby Boomers (1946 –
       1964)
Baby Boomers (1946 –
          1964)
• “Provide a Web component for each and
  every course”
Baby Boomers (1946 –
          1964)
• “Provide a Web component for each and
  every course”
• “Today’s students are signi...
What is social software?
My definition
My definition
To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at
  least two of the following conditions:
My definition
To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at
  least two of the following conditions:
My definition
To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at
  least two of the following conditions:


• it allows p...
My definition
To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at
  least two of the following conditions:


• it allows p...
My definition
To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at
  least two of the following conditions:


• it allows p...
Characteristics of Social
       Software
Easy content creation
     and sharing
Online collaboration
Conversations
Conversations
Conversations
Capitalizing on the wisdom of
            crowds
Capitalizing on the wisdom of
            crowds
Transparency
Transparency
Portability
Social software
applications in education
Blogs
Blogs
• Frequently updated website where postings are
  displayed in reverse chronological order.
Blogs
• Frequently updated website where postings are
  displayed in reverse chronological order.
• Uses
  – Course manage...
Blogs
•   Frequently updated website where postings are
    displayed in reverse chronological order.
•   Uses
    – Cours...
Blogs
•   Frequently updated website where postings are
    displayed in reverse chronological order.
•   Uses
    – Cours...
Blogs
• Web journal where postings are displayed in reverse
  chronological order.
• Uses
  – Course management system
  –...
Blogs
• Web journal where postings are displayed in reverse
  chronological order.
• Uses
   – Course management system
  ...
Wikis
Wikis
• Allow a group of people to collaboratively
  develop a Website with no knowledge of
  HTML.
Wikis
• Allow a group of people to collaboratively
  develop a Website with no knowledge of
  HTML.
• Uses
  – Courseware
Wikis
• Allow a group of people to collaboratively
  develop a Website with no knowledge of
  HTML.
• Uses
  – Courseware
...
Wikis
• Allow a group of people to collaboratively
  develop a Website with no knowledge of
  HTML.
• Uses
  – Courseware
...
Podcasting
Podcasting
• Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via
  RSS.
Podcasting
• Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via
  RSS.
• Uses
     •Lectures and guest speakers
Podcasting
• Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated
  via RSS.
• Uses
    •Lectures and guest speakers
    •Student proj...
Podcasting
• Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated
  via RSS.
• Uses
    •Lectures and guest speakers
    •Student proj...
Podcasting
• Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via
  RSS.
• Uses
     •Lectures and guest speakers
     •Student pr...
Screencasting
Screencasting
• Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with
  narration)
Screencasting
• Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with
  narration)
• Uses
  – Recording Lectures
Screencasting
• Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with
  narration)
• Uses
  – Recording Lectures
  – Commenting on s...
Screencasting
• Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with
  narration)
• Uses
  – Recording Lectures
  – Commenting on s...
Five Weeks to a Social
       Library
Benefits of blogging
• Humanizes the instructors
• Blogging to reflect on learning
 • Jill’s epiphany about blogs
• Blogging...
Things to consider
Avoid
technolust
Don’t
assume all
  of your
 students
 are tech-
   savvy
Play with
technology!
  Kick the
   tires!
Don’t be afraid to try things out
     with your students...
      or to have them fail
Consider the
 maintenance
  burden and
sustainability of
any technology.
These are just tools!
Questions?

            Meredith Farkas
         mfarkas@norwich.edu
           AIM: librarianmer
http://meredith.wolfwate...
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  1. 1. Social Software in Higher Education Meredith Farkas Distance Learning Librarian Norwich University
  2. 2. Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach. -Mark Prensky, “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.”
  3. 3. The typical student?
  4. 4. The typical student?
  5. 5. The Typical student?
  6. 6. If Higher Education Listened to Me…
  7. 7. Millennials (born after 1980)
  8. 8. Millennials (born after 1980) • “Some of the best teachers I’ve had are the ones I connect with personally… I think that really encourages learning.”
  9. 9. Millennials (born after 1980) • “Some of the best teachers I’ve had are the ones I connect with personally… I think that really encourages learning.” • “Most of my classes are just fact memorizations… I had one professor who set up his history course around the experience of doing research, writing a paper, and trying to get it published… and at the end of the course we had something we could try to get published.”
  10. 10. Millennials
  11. 11. Millennials • “If we could speak to our professors [via IM], it would feel like they’re on our level, more accessible.”
  12. 12. Millennials • “If we could speak to our professors [via IM], it would feel like they’re on our level, more accessible.” • “Universities need to provide a way for shy students, or for Millennials, or for any student to connect to the University and other people there. A discussion board, a forum or some sort of social networking can allow students to meet others like them, something that might not happen face-to-face.”
  13. 13. Millennials • “If we could speak to our professors [via IM], it would feel like they’re on our level, more accessible.” • “Universities need to provide a way for shy students, or for Millennials, or for any student to connect to the University and other people there. A discussion board, a forum or some sort of social networking can allow students to meet others like them, something that might not happen face-to-face.”
  14. 14. Generation X (1965-1980)
  15. 15. Generation X (1965-1980) • “A professor should be more than just a ‘talking head’ up in front of the class; the professor needs to be seen as a person… Technology can be one way to make that connection.”
  16. 16. Generation X (1965-1980) • “A professor should be more than just a ‘talking head’ up in front of the class; the professor needs to be seen as a person… Technology can be one way to make that connection.” • “Many faculty treat us as if we were in high school – taking attendance for example. We’re all adults. We should be responsible for our own learning. Let me know what is required of me and then let me get there. Facilitate my way there, provide me with the resources.”
  17. 17. Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964)
  18. 18. Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964) • “Provide a Web component for each and every course”
  19. 19. Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964) • “Provide a Web component for each and every course” • “Today’s students are significantly busier than they were when I was working on my undergraduate degree in the 1970s… If higher education listened to me, faculty and administrators would relate better to their students. They need to know more about their students.”
  20. 20. What is social software?
  21. 21. My definition
  22. 22. My definition To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions:
  23. 23. My definition To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions:
  24. 24. My definition To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions: • it allows people to communicate, collaborate and build community online.
  25. 25. My definition To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions: • it allows people to communicate, collaborate and build community online. • it can be syndicated, shared, reused or remixed, or it facilitates syndication.
  26. 26. My definition To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions: • it allows people to communicate, collaborate and build community online. • it can be syndicated, shared, reused or remixed, or it facilitates syndication. • it allows people to easily learn from and capitalize on the behavior or knowledge of others.
  27. 27. Characteristics of Social Software
  28. 28. Easy content creation and sharing
  29. 29. Online collaboration
  30. 30. Conversations
  31. 31. Conversations
  32. 32. Conversations
  33. 33. Capitalizing on the wisdom of crowds
  34. 34. Capitalizing on the wisdom of crowds
  35. 35. Transparency
  36. 36. Transparency
  37. 37. Portability
  38. 38. Social software applications in education
  39. 39. Blogs
  40. 40. Blogs • Frequently updated website where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order.
  41. 41. Blogs • Frequently updated website where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. • Uses – Course management system
  42. 42. Blogs • Frequently updated website where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. • Uses – Course management system – Faculty communication with students
  43. 43. Blogs • Frequently updated website where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. • Uses – Course management system – Faculty communication with students – Reflective learning
  44. 44. Blogs • Web journal where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. • Uses – Course management system – Faculty communication with students – Reflective learning – Language or writing practice
  45. 45. Blogs • Web journal where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. • Uses – Course management system – Faculty communication with students – Reflective learning – Language or writing practice – Alternative discussion forum
  46. 46. Wikis
  47. 47. Wikis • Allow a group of people to collaboratively develop a Website with no knowledge of HTML.
  48. 48. Wikis • Allow a group of people to collaboratively develop a Website with no knowledge of HTML. • Uses – Courseware
  49. 49. Wikis • Allow a group of people to collaboratively develop a Website with no knowledge of HTML. • Uses – Courseware – Group projects
  50. 50. Wikis • Allow a group of people to collaboratively develop a Website with no knowledge of HTML. • Uses – Courseware – Group projects – Collaboratively-developed resource guides
  51. 51. Podcasting
  52. 52. Podcasting • Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via RSS.
  53. 53. Podcasting • Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via RSS. • Uses •Lectures and guest speakers
  54. 54. Podcasting • Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via RSS. • Uses •Lectures and guest speakers •Student projects
  55. 55. Podcasting • Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via RSS. • Uses •Lectures and guest speakers •Student projects •News and marketing
  56. 56. Podcasting • Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated via RSS. • Uses •Lectures and guest speakers •Student projects •News and marketing •Language classes, music classes
  57. 57. Screencasting
  58. 58. Screencasting • Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with narration)
  59. 59. Screencasting • Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with narration) • Uses – Recording Lectures
  60. 60. Screencasting • Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with narration) • Uses – Recording Lectures – Commenting on student papers
  61. 61. Screencasting • Movie taken of one’s computer desktop (with narration) • Uses – Recording Lectures – Commenting on student papers – Tutorials
  62. 62. Five Weeks to a Social Library
  63. 63. Benefits of blogging • Humanizes the instructors • Blogging to reflect on learning • Jill’s epiphany about blogs • Blogging to get feedback, start a conversation • Tiah on libraries in social networking software • Janelle on getting others interested in wikis • Blogging to create a record of transformative learning • Regan on Second Life • Regan on Second Life: Take Two
  64. 64. Things to consider
  65. 65. Avoid technolust
  66. 66. Don’t assume all of your students are tech- savvy
  67. 67. Play with technology! Kick the tires!
  68. 68. Don’t be afraid to try things out with your students... or to have them fail
  69. 69. Consider the maintenance burden and sustainability of any technology.
  70. 70. These are just tools!
  71. 71. Questions? Meredith Farkas mfarkas@norwich.edu AIM: librarianmer http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/ http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com

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