Social media to enhance online learning


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  • Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are popular social media tools being used in the classroom to build connections, create presence, and increase student learning. But how can you use social media for specific pedagogy goals and not just checking on your friends’ status updates? This workshop will highlight how social media can be used both as a professional development tool and to better meet the needs of students by enhancing student interactivity and providing engaging learning opportunities. The workshop will showcase examples used by instructors in real classes, with real pedagogy needs and assessment requirements.At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:Increase communication and feedback in the classroom using Facebook and TwitterEngage students with rich content on various social media like YouTubeCreate a strong pedagogically sound sense of presence in your classroomDevelop strategies for managing your social media and building your professional network
  • Can use browser or mobile appWhat is a hashtagWhy use hashtags
  • ONLINE COUORSES: POOR COMMUNICATIONAs Metts (2003) reported that “Over half (52%) said the worst part of the online experience was poor communication. And half of those (26% of the total) said the problem was communicating with their instructors” (para 16). STUDENTS NEED GOOD COMMUNICATION According to a survey by Joosten (2009), students reported that they need good (67%) and frequent communication (90%) with their instructor and good communication with their classmates (75%). They also reported that they need to feel connected to learn (80%) (see Connecting with students and building connections amongst students allows us to create learning communities. Community and peer networks increases students motivation to perform and provides them with resources to help do better in class.
  • D2L only pushes down e-mail, no discussion notifications for posts, no mobile notifications, etc.STUDENTS DON’T CHECK EMAILcPEW Study – don’t check email??As Shannon from Seton Hall Law School stated in ELI Mobile session the first week in March, they view e-mail as old technology or for old people.
  • STUDENTS USE SOCIAL MEDIA OFTENAccording to Bulik (July 8th, 2009) “Out of the 110 million Americans (or 60% of the online population) who use social networks, the average social networking user logs on to these sites quite a bit. They go to social networking sites 5 days per week and check in 4 times a day for a total of an hour per day. Nine percent of that group stay logged in all day long and are ‘constantly checking what's new’” (para 7).
  • In 2004 a study at UW system reported that the majority of students do not want their personal media convoluted with course-related media5 years later in 2009, that has changedSTUDENTS WANT SOCIAL MEDIAPreliminary research conducted (see indicates to us that the majority of students would like to receive communication about their course via text messaging and that the majority of students are on Facebook where they communicate most often.
  • Social Mobile –content deliveyr
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  • One post – multiple social mediaHashtags (e.g., #edtech)Class discussionsConferencesWebinarsReal timeMonitor multiple conversations at a glance
  • Social media to enhance online learning

    1. 1. Social media to enhance online learningTanya Joosten @tjoosten | Dylan Barth @djbarth University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
    2. 2. Overview• Expanding your professional network• Encouraging connection Facebook and Twitter• Engaging students with rich content with YouTube
    3. 3. Why use social media?
    4. 4. Social media, a definition
    5. 5. Getting started with Twitter
    6. 6. Twitter via SMS TextTo: 40404Message: Start
    7. 7. Complete bio or profile
    8. 8. Tips for completing your bio• Upload a picture of yourself, true representation• Follow the social media culture• Focus on potential common interests• Identify your educational institution• Be professional, yet personal
    9. 9. How to update your bio
    10. 10. Navigating the interface
    11. 11. Tweeting: Introduce yourselfI’m Tanya Joosten from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, teachcommunication, help other faculty use technology #WLI12
    12. 12. Build your network
    13. 13. Following
    14. 14. Hashtags• #aln12 • #socmedia• #edusocmedia • #sachat• #edtech • #edchat• #highered • #lrnchatGoogle: education hashtags
    15. 15. Others ways to network• Conference hashtags (#eli13, #edu12)• Join live sessions (#edchat, #sachat)• Review campus twitter accounts and hasthags (@uwm, #iamuwm)
    16. 16. Tips to developing a network• Update social media profiles to include an image and a bio appropriate for the social media.• Connect with colleagues through conference or professional group hashtags.• Identify useful or influential colleagues and review to who they are connected.• Participate in your educational institution’s social media accounts.
    17. 17. Who are our students?
    18. 18. I want to feel connected
    19. 19. • According to a survey by Joosten (2009), students reported that they need good (67%) and frequent communication (90%) with their instructor and good communication with their classmates (75%). They also reported that they need to feel connected to learn (80%) (
    20. 20. I don’t use e-mail
    21. 21. • According to PEW Internet study, “Teens who participated in focus groups for this study said that they view emailas something you use to talk to ‘old people,’ institutions, or to send complex instructions to large groups “ ( and-Technology.aspx?r=1).
    22. 22. I *do* use social media – A LOT
    23. 23. • According to Bulik (July 8th, 2009) “…They go to social networking sites 5 days per week and check in 4 times a day for a total of an hour per day” (para 7).• According to PEW Internet study, “…Nearly three-quarters (72%) of online 18-29 year olds use these sites–similar to the rate among teens–with 45% doing so on a typical day” (
    24. 24. I am mobile
    25. 25. • According to Joosten (2009), 71% of students want to receive text messages about their class (• According to PEW Interent, “the typical American teen sends and receives 50 or more messages per day, or 1,500 per month.”
    26. 26. Solutions
    27. 27. Complementing LMS, not replacing
    28. 28. An example: Jewish studies
    29. 29. An example: Clinical lab sciences
    30. 30. Twitter
    31. 31. Satisfaction
    32. 32. Engagement, Learning, Presence
    33. 33. Communication and Networks
    34. 34. Would you recommend the instructor continueusing the social networking tools? Why/not?
    35. 35. If you could fix one thing about the use of thesocial networking tools, what would it be?
    36. 36. Getting started with Facebook
    37. 37. Create a fan page
    38. 38. Benefits• Increases interactions between instructors and students• Enhances communication• Builds feelings of connectedness• Overcomes the challenges of students at a distance or in remote locations• Facilitates providing timely student feedback• Helps students stay organized• Increases student performance• Provides a medium for instructors enhance their identity and encourage students• Results in high levels of satisfaction of instructors and students
    40. 40. Developing a richer learning experience
    41. 41. Creating a YouTube Account
    42. 42. Your YouTube Channel
    43. 43. Creating a YouTube Playlist
    44. 44. YouTube alternativesContent & Publication Educational Content• SchoolTube • MIT World• TeacherTube •• Vimeo • TED • YouTube.EDU And many more!
    45. 45. Benefits• Improving student learning• Helps instructors manage their workload• Enhances 21st century literacy skills for instructors and students• Facilitates the use of rich and current content• Enhances student engagement
    47. 47. 5 questions to consider• What is the pedagogical need?• How will the selected social media help meet that need?• What aspects of the learning process should be improved?• What learning outcomes can be better achieved through the use of the selected social media over other technologies?• What is the expected behavior of students within the selected social media?
    48. 48. What is your pedagogical need?• Increase communication and encourage contact• Engage students through rich, current media• Gather and provide feedback in the classroom• Create a cooperative and collaborative learning opportunities
    49. 49. Social Dashboards - TweetDeck
    50. 50. Connect with gyoza | second lifeprofessorjoosten.blogspot.comtanyajoosten. com