#socstrat: Leveraging Social and Mobile Technologies in Experiential Courses


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A presentation by Erik Mitchell and Susan Sharpless Smith exploring the social technologies used to enhance the Wake Forest University 2009 sociology class: Social Stratification in the Deep South. Presented at EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference in Atlanta, GA on June 3, 2010.

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#socstrat: Leveraging Social and Mobile Technologies in Experiential Courses

  1. 1. leveraging social and mobile technologies in experiential courses<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Goals<br /><ul><li>What is experience-based learning and what are some examples?</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>What are some challenges and best practices for experience-based course design?
  3. 3. How can social technologies add new dimensions and enhance the learning experience? </li></ul>jodicleghorn.wordpress.com/<br />
  4. 4. Experience-based learning model <br /> Kolb model from labspace.open.ac.uk/file.php/3914/EE851_1_001i.jpg<br />
  5. 5. Experience-based course tool-kit<br /><ul><li>Authentic experiences</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Pedagogy
  6. 6. Technology </li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Learning outcomes</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Reflective learning</li></ul> <br />
  7. 7. Case study - #socstrat<br /><ul><li>Sociology course</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Social stratification</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Interdepartmental collaborations</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Community focus</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>'Travel-abroad' perspective</li></li></ul><li>facebook<br />
  8. 8. Flickr<br />
  9. 9. Longest dinner ever. The pink room now looks green. #socstrat<br />3 hour dinner. Casual. Southern. Once again, officially not in nj. #socstrat <br />Learning about BB King and the chitlin circuit. #socstrat <br />#socstrat B.B. King museum...i just learned that oprah and elvis are related <br />Elvis and Oprah are kin?? Learning a variety of things at the BB king museum #socstrat <br />35 of us just decended on Pea Soup in Indianola for lunch. Mayhem! Po-boys ordered. #socstrat <br />At Ground Zero in Clarksdale hearing a presentation on the Mississippi Delta by Bill Luckett. #socstrat <br />Leaving shortly for Parchman visit: Mississippi State Penitentiary. I expect a more somber, reflective day than yesterday. #socstrat <br />Parchman was one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had. We were standing where people receive the death penalty. #socstrat<br />Mississippi is not economically sound enough so Parchman Prison Farm is downsizing. <br />As before, the Parchman day was draining but important to the meaning of this class. #socstrat <br />#socstrat parchman cannot be explained in words. so powerful. <br />Parchman was unbelievable, there is so much to think about, and so many conflicts within this system, how can this be fixed? #socstrat <br />can't stop thinking about parchman... I have so much to be thankful for #socstrat<br />Off to Cleveland MS, for a full day of touring the region-Greenwood, Money, Merigold, Mount Bayou. Luther Brown is our guide. #socstrat<br />At Delta State University with Luther Brown, founder of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning. http://tinyurl.com/pfe7la #socstrat<br />To be profitable a farm in the delta needs to be over 4000 acres. #socstrat</a <br />father of rock and roll: Ike Turner from Clarksdale; father of the blues: Charlie Patton, from Sunflower County. #socstrat</a <br />Delta scene of many racist lynchings, most lynchings in South from 1870-1930. #socstrat</a <br />By 1906 90% of Delta acreage within 5 miles of railroad tracks. Important to get goods from New Orleans, thru Memphis, to Chicago. #socstrat</a <br />Delta: opulence and poverty. Close enough to observce these next to each other. Walmart an excellent place to observe! #socstrat</a <br />Delta is the most American place on earth. #socstrat</a <br />Reggie Davis, former superintendent of schools (and in Lalee's Kin) is now talking with the class. #socstrat</a <br />A daytime stop at Po' Monkeys. New signage, look for pic shortly. #socstrat</a <br />I am sure that is not the case based on the prevailing research #SOCSTRAT</a <br />Still processing the long day at Parchman and ready to travel further into th Delta #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat reggie barnes is my hero</a <br />#Socstrat - i am falling in love with mississippi.</a <br />Visited the gravesite of Fanny Lou Hamer, a voting rights activist &amp;civil rights leader-"sick and tired of being sick and tired" #socstrat</a <br />@petran7 incredible talk wasn't it! #socstrat</a <br />Lunching @ Hoovers. Okra, black eyed peas and chicken. #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat i will now die happy because i have seen where brandy was born</a <br />#socstrat money mississippi...site of bryant's store</a <br />Visited the "official" Robert Johnson grave @ Little Zion Church. #socstrat</a <br />Dockery Farms-birthplace of the Delta blues. Company town,up to 40,000 acres, cotton farm. #socstrat</a <br />Lets get it on was written in mound bayou...just when i thought this day couldnt get better after moesha's birthplace, it did. #socstrat</a <br />BEST meal of the trip this afternoon at a low-key laundry/grocery spot in Mississippi #socstrat</a <br />Po' Monkey, here we come! #socstrat</a <br />Ahhh monkeys everywhere and great live music #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat omgomg where are we???</a <br />Po monkey's is jumping! #socstrat</a <br />Leaving the Delta for Jackson. #socstrat</a <br />I never realized how strongly gender roles play out in bring it on... Disappointing. #socstrat</a <br />You never really realize what you're listening to and watching till you read the writing...#socstrat</a <br />In Jackson w/hosts the Wrights (WFU's Dru Wright's folks). Great tours of Tougaloo College and Medgar Evers' home. Nice afternoon! #socstrat</a <br />Ugh more fried food, how do people eat this so often? But still, exciting buffet. Anyone try frog legs? #socstrat</a <br />Moving on to Tunica, MS after church this morning <br />Fried food is a staple in the South and no one in this class had to eat it if they did not want to #SOCSTRAT</a <br />Some real good material from Dr Brown's discussions for the 48 hour FINAL EXAM #SOCSTRAT</a <br />TUNICA, Mississippi: Gaming industry has failed to deliver on "trickle-down" from gambling except for the gains of "city fathers" #SOCSTRAT</a <br />On our way to early church services. #socstrat</a <br />huck finn is always a good metaphor. from travel to baptist sermons #socstrat</a <br />We just passed Coffeeville, Mississippi. Any town with coffee in it's name is worthy of a visit. #socstrat</a <br />We may be going to graceland! #socstrat</a <br />Headed to Graceland to see the Elvis Museum! #SOCSTRAT</a <br />#Socstrat - im in graceland!</a <br />Heading into graceland #socstrat</a <br />Gotta love Elvis's self proclaimed musical originality #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat graceland is freaking xtina out</a <br />Graceland was everything I ever imagined AND more!! A monument to bad taste and excess. Loved it! Thanks, profs for the side trip #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat graceland! i want a tiger suit!</a <br />No shame in being a total tourist at graceland... its a pretty crazy page #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat harrahs has a paula deen buffet...prof hatter was talking about coming full circle... That would do it for our food journey</a <br />Go TIGER! #SOCSTRAT</a <br />#Socstrat - taking the long road back home. Its been a great adventure!</a <br />Tennessee is one long state west to east. The miles keep rolling by. #socstrat</a <br />Deep South course coming to an end <br />moana is a wonderful hotel sink fixer #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat going back to wake tommorrow</a <br />Homeward bound to W-S after 17 busy, informative and fun days in the South. Over 3,000 miles logged and 21 new friends met! #socstrat</a <br />Good Morning #SOCSTRAT</a <br />#Socstrat - just engaged in a very exciting discussion about religion spirituality race class and all sorts of diverse variations of gro ...</a <br />Dinner at the pit #socstrat</a <br />#socstrat back in winston, saying bye :( quite the journey</a <br />@jnlee27 what did you think of the Pit? How does it compare with dining @ Colgate? #socstrat</a <br />@susanssmith Its better in some ways and and worse in others. Tha salad bar is wayyy better.#socstrat</a <br />AHHH this final is so legit #socstrat</a <br />Hope everyone got home quick * safe <br />dear #socstrat class, my 2nd graduation picture is up on flickr!</a <br />Great picture next to Elvis! But what is the mystery about the 2nd graduation? #SOCSTRAT</a <br />count down to tonite's season premier of "True Blood" www.hbo.com/trueblood/ This is southern social stratification we DIDN'T see #socstrat</a <br />Searched Twitter for #socstrat: http://tinyurl.com/rdmqww</a <br />waiting for the BET awards to drop tonight; MJ will be the "guest of honor" <br />Searched Twitter for #socstrat: http://tinyurl.com/rdmqww http://url4.eu/2MEh</a <br />@smithea1 not sure why it won't search #socstrat. All the tweets are still there if you go to individuals. Will have to check this out</a <br />
  10. 10. Videos<br />
  11. 11. Challenges / Best practices<br />
  12. 12. Connect withyour community<br /><ul><li>Engage with experts</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Build internal and external relationships</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Find partners and benefactors
  13. 13. Community immersion</li></li></ul><li>Connect content and experience<br /><ul><li>Seek genuine experiences
  14. 14. Encourage reflective practice
  15. 15. Use information seeking to extend experience </li></ul> <br /> <br />www.flickr.com/photos/28074655@N08/2631275540/<br />
  16. 16. Break the digital divide<br /><ul><li>Keep technology and pedagogy connected to experience
  17. 17. Be aware of your students and your community</li></ul> <br /> <br />Be prepared to scale your efforts and technology to fit their needs<br />
  18. 18. Negotiate a balance<br /><ul><li>Negotiate a balance between course content, pedagogical approaches, and technology</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Seek experts in each area and form new partnerships</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Create authentic learning environments that empower students, teachers, and experts
  19. 19. Be open to serendipitous moments (Rita interview)</li></li></ul><li>Find time to play<br />
  20. 20. Technology Roles<br />Create<br />Disseminate<br />Archive<br />
  21. 21. Analyze the experience<br />
  22. 22. Moving forward<br />New technology<br />Marketing  <br /> <br />Enthusiasm <br /> <br />Partnerships<br /> <br />Problem-solving <br /> <br /> <br />
  23. 23. Resources<br />Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/south_2007/<br />Facebook, current - tinyurl.com/socstrat<br /> <br />Facebook, Internet Archive - tinyurl.com/socstrat-wfu<br /> <br />Google Calendar (May 2009): tinyurl.com/socstrat-cal<br />2007 Course Site: cloud.lib.wfu.edu/wiki/social_stratification/<br /> <br />
  24. 24. Contact Information<br />Erik MitchellAssistant Director for Technology ServicesZ. Smith Reynolds Library/Wake Forest Universitymitcheet@wfu.eduerikmitchell.info<br />Susan Sharpless SmithDirector of Research, Instruction & Technology ServicesZ. Smith Reynolds Library/Wake Forest Universitysmithss@wfu.edususansharplesssmith.info<br />
  25. 25. Questions?<br />