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  1. 1. An Introduction for InstructorsRobin BeaversDETT6114/20/2013
  2. 2. Social Media is an online application thatallows users to interact, create, share,collaborate, and exchange information,resources and ideas.Social media tools promote communicationbetween groups, incorporate new tools forcreation of knowledge, enable communicationbetween many students, and provides sharingresources” (Joyce& Brown, 2009)
  3. 3. “When properly integrated into the virtual classroom,social media can offer innovative learning experiencesand enhanced learner engagement” (Zhang, 2010).Social media is learner-centric and collaborative bynature.Social media makes course materials easy to accessand it supports asynchronous and synchronous onlinediscussions and interactions.The most popular sites are free!
  4. 4. Can be accessed with mobile devices. Students cancheck in from their phones or tablets 24/7.Affords both collaborative an individual tasks.You create an informal way to learn outside of thevirtual classroom.It promotes the acquisition of technical skills that yourstudents need for success beyond school.IT’S RELEVANT!!
  5. 5. As with anything you must set guidelines foruse.Follow your objectives set for the class. Focuson learning not the media tool.Create activities that promote creativity, criticalthinking, interaction, collaboration, assessmentand feedback.
  6. 6. There are many different types of social media. Whenused wisely they can benefit all learning types by usingtext, audio and video. Social media includes:Social networksBlogs and Wiki’sSocial BookmarkingCollaborative & Productivity toolsMultimedia sharing tools
  7. 7. Potential usesCreate a private page which restricts access to your class only,which allows you to use and post resources and stay withincopyright regulations.Facilitate discussions.Upload announcements and assignment reminders. Provide links to other educational resources, including thosewith multimedia links like video.You can also have live chat sessions individually or in a group.SitesFacebook.comGoogle.comSocial media networks are online tools for “creating socialnetworks and communities and supporting sociallearning”(Hoffman, 2009).™™
  8. 8. Social bookmarking is an online tool that lets users add,edit, annotate, share, and bookmark various websites.Social bookmarking allows both individuals or groups tobuild a body of knowledge around a certain field, toshare that knowledge, and to find others who areinterested in that field (Tomkins, 2009).Potential usesBuild a collection of bookmarks on a class topicShare collected resources with
  9. 9. Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as apublicly accessible journal created by an individual ,organization or group. A blog disseminates informationand allow others to comment on the posted information. Blogspromote “creativity, reflection, social interaction and authentic,or problem-based, learning activities”. (Coulter, 2006)Potential useRequire students to maintain a reflective journal through thecourse.Students can create and share an online portfolio.Post discussion questions ,assignments or informative™™™
  10. 10. Twitter is the world’s foremost social media tool formicroblogging. Twitter allows no more than 140 charactersfor each “Tweet”. It is concise, mobile, and targeted.Potential usesPost supplementary resources using a link tostudent anytime.Have students follow other instructors orscholars in relevant fields of study.Tweet assignment due dates or updatesanytime.Have students follow one another to createinteraction for a™
  11. 11. A wiki is a website that allows participants to create oredit the site contents It is a “living collaboration whosepurpose is the sharing of the creative process andproduct by many”(TeachersFirst).Potential usesIdeally suited for group work to produce acollaborative body of knowledge.Instructors can produce an annotated reading listcreate a writing scaffold for a group projecthelp develop student’s abilities to evaluateinformation ( Joyce& Brown, 2009)SitesWikispaces ™
  12. 12. Collaborative & productivity social media allowssimultaneous editing of files making these tools ideal forgroup projects.Potential usesGroup projects; group members can createand share spreadsheets, word processingdocuments, or PowerPoint presentations.Some media tools in this category (Skype)include the ability to conduct video, voice andconference calls as well as transfer files, sendinstant messages or™™
  13. 13. Media sharing tools allow for the creation, collaborationand commenting on multimedia content. Individuals orgroups may create podcasts or videos. While othersocial media is specifically for sharing art or music.Potential UseUpload your lectures for student viewing and commentaryStudent can create individual or group projects You or your student can create multimedia portfolios to shareShare photos on a topic and create virtual pin™™™™
  14. 14. Check your institution’s social media policy.Check your institution’s Copyright Policy.Material on social media sites is public and may notbe covered by copyright law. Read each social mediawebsite’s “Terms of Use”, “End User LicenseAgreements” sections for full disclosure (University ofSouthern Mississippi, 2011).
  15. 15. Technology- Be mindful that not all students haveaccess to reliable broadband services. Also, somesocial media tools require students to have extraequipment like microphones or webcams.Time- consider time restraints when incorporatingsocial media into your course.
  16. 16. Coulter, P., & Draper, L. (2006). BloggingIt into Them: Weblogs in InformationLiteracy Instruction. Journal Of Library Administration, 45(1/2), 101-115.doi:10.1300/J111v45n01̱06Joyce, K., & Brown, A. (2009, Winter). Enhancingsocial presence in onlinelearning: mediation strategies applied to social networking tools. .Retrieved from, T. (2010). The use of Facebook for online discussions among distancelearners.. Turkish online journal of distance education (TOJDE), 11(4), 72-81.Sinclair Community College. (2010). Social media & web 2.0 Tags: blogs,bookmarking, podcast, social media, social networking, tagging, web 2.0,widget, wikis. Sinclair Community College Library. Retrieved from
  17. 17. Teachers First - Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers. (n.d.). TeachersFirst: WikiWalk-Through: The Basics. Retrieved from, A., & McLoughlin, D. (2009). Social bookmarking: creating and sharingcontent in postgraduate learning. Proceedings Of The European ConferenceOn E-Learning, 623-629.University of Southern Mississippi. (2011). 02.01.09 Social Media ProvisionalGuidelines.The University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved from, J. (2010, January/February). DE Oracle @ UMUC. DE Oracle Main RSS.Retrieved from