Social Media in Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship: 6 Tales of Practice

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Keynote at the 2013 Teaching & Learning to the Power of Technology Conference at Saskatchewan, Canada.

Abstract: The last ten years have seen dramatic changes in the ways millions of individuals connect, communicate, and network via technology and through social media. Social media have also penetrated the higher education sector, and it has been posited that they have influenced not only the ways students connect with each other, but also the ways scholarship is organized, delivered, enacted, and experienced. In this keynote, I will share six research-based stories describing the integration and use of social media in higher education. These stories paint an intricate picture of the use of social media in education and juxtapose three perspectives: (a) social media use guided by techno-enthusiasm and techno-determinism, (b) social media as tools to question and circumvent traditional elements of scholarly practice, and (c) social media as transformative technology.

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Social Media in Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship: 6 Tales of Practice

  1. 1. Dr. George VeletsianosAssistant Professor of LearningTechnologiesUniversity of Texas at Austin6Keynote at the 2013 Teaching &Learning to the Power of Technology ConferenceSocial Media in Learning,Teaching, and ScholarshipTales of Practice
  2. 2. # t l t 1 3
  3. 3. Tale #0: About me
  4. 4. Technology in our family
  5. 5. Social Media use in education(a) social media use guided bytechno-enthusiasm and techno-determinism,(b) social media as tools to questionand circumvent traditional elements ofscholarly practice, and(c) social media as transformativetechnology.
  6. 6. Social Media use in education(a) social media use guided bytechno-enthusiasm and techno-determinism,(b) social media as tools to questionand circumvent traditional elements ofscholarly practice, and(c) social media as transformativetechnology.Networked Participatory ScholarshipThe emergent practice of scholars’ use of participatorytechnologies and online social networks to share,reflect upon, critique, improve, validate, and furthertheir scholarship (Veletsianos & Kimmons, 2012)
  7. 7. Tale #1: My physician & I
  8. 8. Claims“participatory internet technologies… have thepotential to change the way academics engage inscholarship”“technological changes are going to flood how wecurrently think about, do, and represent research.”
  9. 9. Claims“participatory internet technologies… have thepotential to change the way academics engage inscholarship”“technological changes are going to flood how wecurrently think about, do, and represent research.”
  10. 10. “Motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educationsystem …in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely,the use of textbooks”“Education over the Internet is going to be so big it is goingto make e-mail usage look like a rounding error”
  11. 11. “The current understanding of schools inthe digital age [is] hampered by acurious amnesia, forgetfulness oreven willful ignorance of past phasesof technology development andimplementation…”Selwyn, 2011, pp. 39
  12. 12. Why is this important?
  13. 13. At a panel at SXSWeduDo “we” care about learning outcomes?
  14. 14. At a panel at SXSWeduDo “we” care about learning outcomes?Of course we do.
  15. 15. At a panel at SXSWeduDo “we” care about learning outcomes?Of course we do.Once we make profits for our investors. That is our mandate.
  16. 16. Tale #2: What scholarly activities doindividuals enact on social media?Veletsianos (in press); Veletsianos & Kimmons 2012, 2013
  17. 17. Tale #2: What scholarly activities doindividuals enact on social media?Veletsianos (in press); Veletsianos & Kimmons 2012, 2013AnnouncementsDraft papersOpen textbooksSyllabi + ActivitiesLive streamingLive-BloggingCollaborative authoringDebates + commentaryOpen teachingPublic P&T materialsThe doctoral journey (e.g.,#PhDChat)Crowdsourcing
  18. 18. Tale #2: What scholarly activities doindividuals enact on social media?Veletsianos (in press); Veletsianos & Kimmons 2012, 2013AnnouncementsDraft papersOpen textbooksSyllabi + ActivitiesLive streamingLive-BloggingCollaborative authoringDebates + commentaryOpen teachingPublic P&T materialsThe doctoral journey (e.g.,#PhDChat)CrowdsourcingKasey Ford
  19. 19. Tale #2: What scholarly activities doindividuals enact on social media?PirateUniversity.orgThePaperBay.comReddit.com/r/Scholar#ICanHazPdf
  20. 20. Tale #3: “They are not my friends”Veletsianos, Kimmons, & French, (2013)
  21. 21. Scholarly identity•  Do we create it?•  Is it created and/or structured for us?
  22. 22. RepurposingVeletsianos (2012)
  23. 23. Tale #4: Spaces of gatheringVeletsianos (in press)
  24. 24. Tale #5: The Past Shaping the PresentVeletsianos, Kimmons, & French, (2013)
  25. 25. Tale #6: What is “our” mandate aseducators/designers/researchers?•  To be involved in the design of futureeducational systems.How?– Advocacy (what are our values?)– Design & Development– Research– Input– Partnerships
  26. 26. What am I doing about this?
  27. 27. What am I doing about this?http://tinyurl.com/moocvote
  28. 28. Let’s return to this…(a) social media use guided bytechno-enthusiasm and techno-determinism,(b) social media as tools to questionand circumvent traditional elements ofscholarly practice, and(c) social media as transformativetechnology.
  29. 29. Thank you!www.veletsianos.com@veletsianos on Twitterveletsianos@gmail.comThis presentation:www.slideshare.com/veletsianos
  30. 30. ReferencesAvailable at http://www.veletsianos/publicationsVeletsianos, G. (2010). Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Edmonton, AB: AthabascaUniversity Press.Veletsianos, G. (2010). A Definition of Emerging Technologies for Education. In G. Veletsianos (Ed.),Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (pp. 3-22). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.Veletsianos, G., Kimmons, R., & French, K. (2013). Instructor experiences with a social networking site in ahigher education setting: Expectations, Frustrations, Appropriation, and Compartmentalization.Educational Technology, Research, and Development, 61(2)M 255-278.Veletsianos, G. & Kimmons, R. (2013). Scholars and Faculty Members Lived Experiences in Online SocialNetworks. The Internet and Higher Education,16(1), 43-50.Veletsianos, G. & Kimmons, R. (2012). Assumptions and Challenges of Open Scholarship. TheInternational Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning,13(4), 166-189Veletsianos, G. (2012). Higher Education Scholars’ Participation and Practices on Twitter. Journal ofComputer Assisted Learning, 28(4), 336-349.Veletsianos, G. & Kimmons, R. (2012). Networked Participatory Scholarship: Emergent Techno-CulturalPressures Toward Open and Digital Scholarship in Online Networks. Computers & Education, 58(2),766-774.Veletsianos, G. (2011). Designing Opportunities for Transformation with Emerging Technologies.Educational Technology, 51(2), 41-46.
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