Beyond Facebook: Social Media for Your Classroom
Amanda Robertson, Cathi Phillips, Ruth Smith, NC State University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Social media is ubiquitous. With so many tools and so many ways to solve teaching and learning problems, it's difficult to figure out where to begin. At North Carolina State University we have been investigating the use of social media to meet a diverse set of courses and teaching challenges in face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses. We focused on course elements critical to creating a successful and engaging environment in every course–building community, enabling student sharing, establishing an online social presence, and aggregating content to support student learning. We explored a wide variety of social media that would meet these objectives through engaging, interactive, and easy-to-use interfaces. Final selections were based on criteria that included affordability, ease of use, continuity beyond the course, and developing 21st century skills. We will share lessons learned and best practices based on faculty and student experiences during Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.
Robertson, A., Phillips, C. & Smith, R. (2010). Beyond Facebook: Social Media for Your Classroom. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (p. 1169). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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