Using Facebook and Twitter for Learning and Teaching at NCeL!


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This presentation explores how we can use Facebook and Twitter for learning and teaching. It was presented during the 2 ’Using Facebook and Twitter for Learning and Teaching’ workshops conducted at the National Center for E-learning and Distance Learning (NCeL), Saudi Arabia from 6-9 May, 2012.

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Using Facebook and Twitter for Learning and Teaching at NCeL!

  1. Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  2. Day 1Day 2
  3. Did You Know…901 million+ MONTHLY active users. 500 million+ active users currently access Facebook through their mobile devices. Source: *March 2012 Update
  4. CONTENTS1. Facebook2. Groups3. Pages4. For Learning?5. 8 Donts!6. 8 Do’s!7. Moving Forward?
  6. Facebook? Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, families and coworkers.Source:!/press/info.php?execbios
  7. Facebook Stats (As of 12/04/2012)Source:
  8. Facebook Users in Saudi Arabia? (As of 12/04/2012) Facebook Users: + 5.33 Million Last 6 Months Penetration of Population: 20.73 %Source:
  9. Demographics – Saudi Arabia (As of 12/04/2012)Source:
  10. Facebook Groups & Pages Groups PagesClosed Groups Open CommunitiesCourses Promotion & BrandingProjects Products Ideas CelebritiesAlumni Self-Promotion
  11. Where to Start? ClickFacebook
  12. GROUPS
  13. Introduction to Facebook Groups
  14. Facebook Groups Facebook Groups ( are online spaces where people can INTERACT, SHARE and COLLABORATE with others. You DON’T NEED TO BE FRIENDS with someone to interact with them in Facebook Groups. Use Facebook Groups to provide students with ON-DEMAND and MOBILE LEARNING opportunities.Adapted from: LIC:
  15. Privacy on Facebook Groups3 types of Facebook Groups: Open Closed (recommended) SecretContent of ‘closed’ groups are private, available only to members of the group. Though, the groupsmembership list is visible to outsiders. You can change the privacy settings for your group by clicking the“Edit Settings” box located in the top right corner of Facebook Groups.Adapted from:
  16. Facebook Groups Features 1. Docs (Wiki) 1 Allows people to collectively write and edit notes. 2 2. Group Chat Allows members of the group to talk to group members in real time, or catch up with the conversation later. 3 3. Ask Question Allows you or students to poll members of your group and have them share their opinions or add a new question of their own.Adapted from:* Learn more about ‘Ask Question’:
  17. Facebook Groups Features4. Add Photo / Video 4 Allows you to upload photos and videos, and share them privately with just the members of your group. 55. Events You can use Facebook Events to automatically remind students about upcoming tests, events, and due dates for term papers or projects.6. Group Email You can set up an e-mail address for your group. 6 Emails sent to this address will go to all group 7 members.7. Write Post (Wall) Allows you to easily and quickly share content you find on the web with any of your Facebook Groups.Adapted from:
  18. Learning Beyond the Classroom!“Think of Facebook Groups as an opportunity for you to extend learning outside the walls of the traditional classroom. When you use Facebook Groups tocompliment what you teach in the classroom, you are providing students with on-demand and mobile learning opportunities.” Source:
  19. PageS
  20. Facebook Page Learning Course This interactive course will help you use Facebook Pages to tell your story, express your identity, and connect with your audience. The course is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.
  21. Differences Between Pages & Groups Feature Pages Groups Make it private (open to members/fans only) No Yes Allows distinct URLs Yes No Indexed by search engines like Google Yes No Admin can access visitor statistics (Insights) Yes No Can be cross-promoted on other fan pages Yes Yes Ability to create events and invitations Yes Yes Add Apps (e.g. Twitter or blog feeds) Yes No Fans/Members can leave comments and “likes” Yes Yes Can send out bulk emails to your members’ in No Yes boxes Can create Docs (Wikis) No Yes Group Chat No Yes Information posted on your wall will appear on Yes No your fans’ walls The administrator’s personal information isn’t Yes No listed Slidecast: from:
  22. So, Why Use Facebook Pages?More FREEDOM to customize DESIGN
  24. Why Not Use Facebook…
  25. Use Facebook Groups/Pages to Amplify…PRE-CLASS Remind and gage how many that will be coming for class/tutorial/event (Event). Introduce lessons or the content/discussions to be covered (Wall/Docs). Students post questions before class/tutorial (Wall/Questions).DURING CLASS Post comments/questions during class/tutorial (Wall/Questions). Share opinions/resources during class/activities (Wall/Docs/Photos/Video).POST-CLASS /BETWEEN CLASSES Post reflections/questions/notes after the class (Wall/Questions). Facilitate discussions on relevant issues (Wall/Questions/Photos). Students share their learning discoveries/findings (Docs/Photos/Video). Lecturer/students comments links and resources shared during class (Wall). Send message reminders/announcements about upcoming quizzes, assignments, etc. Share informal learning nuggets (Wall/Questions/Docs/Photos/Video). Adapted from:
  26. AWESOMEfor Video and/or Photo Assignments!
  27. Use Facebook with LMS? *LMS: Learning Management System Social Learning Formal Learning Informal • Course Notes Easy-to-Use • Schedules Sharing • Assignments Communication • Quizzes Collaboration • Grades Communities Mobile Learning Always Connected!Article:
  28. 8 Don’ts!
  29. 8 Things Educators should… NEVER DO Source:
  30. 8 Do’s!
  31. 8 Things Educators Should Do… Source:
  32. MovingForward?
  33. Source:
  34. Moving Forward? Consider creating a separate account just for your students.Update your privacy settings.Get over the term "friend" inviting atmosphere. Create a Facebook Group (closed) or Page (open) for your course, event or learning activity.Engage your students and HAVE FUN!
  35. University Strategy? Use For:  News & Updates  Events  Sharing Resources  Discussions Programmes Dept/Centers  Communication Facebook page for Facebook page for:  Collaboration every programme  Library  Learning  E-Learning  Photos  Student Services  Videos  Academic Affairs  Field Trips Groups or Pages  Alumni  Etc. Courses  Etc. Student Batches Communities Clubs
  36. Great Starting Point?
  37. Facebook in Education To serve as an ongoing resource for information about how educators can best use Facebook.
  38. Facebook: Academic Research A group for anyone conducting or (interested in) academic research into Facebook.
  39. OFF YOURImage Source:
  40. TwitterTwitter image:
  41. Surgeons Tweet During Brain Surgery… Video:
  42. Twitter Mission!Article:
  43. CONTENTS1. Twitter?2. Why Use?3. Twitter Basics4. Twitter #Hashtags5. For Learning?6. Twitter Apps7. Tweeting Forward!8. Social Media Strategy?
  44. Twitter?More Twitter Cartoons:
  45. Twitter in Plain English?
  46. What is Twitter? Easy way to discover the LATEST NEWS related to subjects you care about.A free Web 2.0 social networking service that allows users to send and receive short messages (140 characters or less) known as TWEETS.
  47. "Whereas people might spend a long time composing a comment to a blog post or engage in lengthy, in-depthconversation on a discussion board, Twitter invites morein-the-moment interactions. It provides an easy way tomaintain connections, share thoughts, or ask for advice." - Jane Bozarth
  48. Twitter is… User-created communication – Text Unlimited – Links to web pages, images, videos Free – Trending topics SMS! Multi-directional AWESOME! – Simultaneous 1 to 1, 1 to many, many to 1 Time-independent – Features such as @replies and #hashtags enable asynchronous communicationSource:
  49. Important! “To fully appreciate Twitter, you should have a reason for using it!” So, What is your reason for using it?Adapted from here:
  50. Why Use?More Twitter Cartoons:
  51. Did You Know? 500+ Million Users300+ Million tweets are posted per Day! OrA BILLION TWEETS every 3-4 days! Source: (March 5, 2012)
  52. Most Celebrities Use Twitter to Engage… The ROCK FOLLOWS NO ONE! 87% of the Billboard Top 100 Musicians of 2010 use Twitter.Source:
  53. Top Twitter Users in Saudi Arabia? Top 10 Twitter Users in Saudi Arabia based on Followers:Top 100 Users: Top 10 Females on Twitter:
  54. Twitter Stats!Source:
  55. Top Language on Twitter? Top Language shares on Twitter October 2011 ‫ما هذا؟‬Source:
  56. Did You Know? I am the KING now! Change, the KING has…Source:
  57. Twitter in Medical Education? Who use it? Type Examples • Medical Schools Schools Harvard Med School - @harvardmed Duke - @dukemedicine • Hospitals Yale - @yalemedicine Ohio State Medical Center - @osumc • University of Michigan – @UMHealthSystems Health Organizations Dalhousie Medical School - @DalMedSchool Hospitals Mayo Clinic – @MayoClinic • Medical Libraries Aurora St Luke’s – @Aurora_Health Health World Health Organization – @WHONews • Medical Journals Organizations National Institute of Health - @nih_gov Medical Florida Int’l Univ Medical Library - @fiumedlib • Faculty Members Libraries Yale Medical Library - @ymedlib Commonweath Medical Library - @tcmclibrary • Students Medical Journals Chiang Mai Thailand University Library - @cmumedlib British Medical Journal - @bmj_latest American Journal of Nursing - @AmJNurs PubMed - @ncbi_pubmedSource:
  58. Twitter Doctors I don’t think SO!
  59. Twitter BasicsMore Twitter Cartoons:
  60. Language of Twitter Tweet: An individual post. RT (Retweet): re-telling someone else’s tweet. @username (Reply): open message to specific person. Message: Direct message to a follower (private). #Hashtag: Use Hashtag to group & track discussions (conference, seminar, classroom activity, etc.).Source:
  61. Tweet Example: @zaidlearn Lets use #licircle to create a learning stream for LIT!UploadImage Add Click to Location Tweet @ZaidLearn Number of characters Hashtag: remaining in current Tweet/Reply to Tweet content #licircle tweet (counts down ZaidLearn from 140).Adapted from:
  62. Twitter #HashtagsArticle:
  63. A True Story Nov 12, 2009
  64. #moodlewish May 07, 2010
  65. #moodlewish Amplified…
  66. What is a Twitter #Hashtag? "The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to markkeywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages"Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category. Hashtags canoccur anywhere in the Tweet. If you tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search forthat hashtag may find your Tweet. Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.
  67. Twitter #Hashtags
  68. Creating a #Hashtag REMEMBERMake it Unique, Short & Simple! #edchat – Education #finnedchat – Finnish Education #MedEd – Medical Education #edutech - Educational Technology #DistEd – Distance education and e-learning #Lrnchat – Learning issues for educators #ellchat – English Language Learners
  69. Example: Twitter #Hashtag
  70. For Learning?More Twitter Cartoons:
  71. Twitter Can Be Awesome For… F2F Sessions  Classroom activity  Large lectures  Seminar discussions  Conferences  Etc. Information Sharing  Events  Course updates  Latest research (articles)  Deadlines  Reading lists  Latest items (library)Twitter in the Classroom: Twitter during Conference:
  72. The Twitter Classroom Experiment
  73. Twitter in the classroom?
  74. Does Twitter Hurt Grades? Results? • Twitter allows for a constant ongoing discussion that goes beyond the one hour class session. • Students took full advantage of using Twitter as a forum for their questions, generating a wide range of questions that what would typically would occur in class.Source:
  75. Twitter Adoption Matrix
  76. More Tips on Using Twitter?
  77. Twitter Apps
  78. Real-time Updates on Tweets & Hashtags? Tools to Explore: Monitter Twitterfall  TweetGrid TweetChat Great for Q&A sessions during lectures! TweetGrid: Monitter: TweetChat: Twitterfall:
  79. Stats on User Participation?
  80. Document Hashtag Conversations? A tweetdoc is a document that brings together all the tweets from a particular event or search term. It allows you to keep a record of an event through twitter.
  81. Get Feedback Using Polls?
  82. Share Pictures?
  83. Share Videos?
  84. Stream/Broadcast Live on Twitter?
  85. Send Direct Messages to a Group?
  86. Filtering out the Juiciest Tweets? Newspaper Magazine
  87. Instant Screencasts for Twitter?
  88. Embed Tweets on a Blog/Website?
  89. Backup My Tweets?
  90. Measuring Influence?Is a standard for measuring onlineinfluence. Use it to discover yourinfluence and compare with othersyou may know.
  91. Need Help?
  92. More Twitter Tools? RIGHT HERE:
  93. TweetingForward
  94. Challenges1. Tools overload2. Role of Twitter in LEARNING3. Firewall blocking4. Usability & ease-of-use5. Content ownership6. Not all use Twitter7. Learner confidence & support8. Out of the comfort zone9. Control Vs. Empowerment10. Testing & assessment
  95. University Strategy? Used For:  Latest Updates  Latest Events  News  Announcements  Publications Programmes Dept/Centers  Class UpdatesTwitter feed for every Twitter feed for:  Quick Discussions programme  Library  Collaborations  Teaching & Learning  Share Links (URLs)  E-Learning  Course updates Twitter Feeds  Student Services  Q&A  Healthcare Services  Learning Courses  Academic Affairs  Etc. Student Batches  Alumni… Communities Clubs…
  96. Individual Strategy?
  97. Tweeting Forward?USE Twitter to: FOLLOW relevant experts, lists and #hashtags (learning streams) to keep yourself updated with the latest discoveries in your learning domains. SHARE your own interesting discoveries (resources, ideas and events) with your students and wider learning community. ENGAGE with your students in and beyond the classroom to explore, discover, question, discuss and collaborate. BUILD your own learning communities through lists, #hashtags, and Twitter Apps. REMEMBER Twitter is just a tool (enabler)…Explore it to find your own magic portion for learning and teaching.
  98. Social MediaStrategy?
  99. The 3i-StrategyAll social media sites (where possible) should be empoweredby 3 champions (admins) from 3 strategic stakeholders tomaximize impact and buy-in: Academici Academic representative(s)i Student representative(s)i Corporate representative(s) Students Corporate
  100. IMU Social Media Strategy? Top Management Training & Support Directory Policies Awards Reports Guidelines Dashboard Best Practices Research
  101. Your Strategy?
  102. ‘IMU Learning Series’ is about connecting inspiring and exceptional educators around the world to… JOIN THE LEARNING ADVENTURE!
  103. Finally, You Might Want To… Have a ZaidLearn! Blog : Twitter:
  104. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning ManagerE-mail : zaid.alsagoff@gmail.comBlog : : : +603-2731 7327Ext. : 3115