Social Media & Teaching

Social Media & Teaching

Using social media services in teaching and learning.

What are social media services

  • Social media services are online and interactive websites such as Twitter, You Tube, Wikpedia, and Facebook.
  • These allow users to register, form networks and communities, share content, and post comments. 
  • They can be accessed anywhere using almost any device and, more often than not, offer functionality not offered by Virtual Learning Environments such as Moodle.

Which social media services can be used to enhance teaching and learning

Resources:

A visual guide to using social media in support of learning 

Curation - to facilitate staff and student gathering, commenting upon and sharing of web-based resources in support of learning

Blogging - to provide web-based platforms for student writing, portfolios, audiences

Lecture interactivity - to provide lecture back channels and extended audiences, and to provide interactivity and testing with personal technology

Considerations when using social media services

  • Privacy
  • Visibility
  • Suitability
  • Existing use
  • Students' opinions
  • Support
  • Portability

Social media services myths

'All students use Facebook all the time so why not use it for teaching and learning?'

 This is not true; not all students use Facebook and among those that do many use it only for social purposes.  They many not wish to interact with their entire cohort or lecturers there, and may struggle to deal with the resulting overlap.  Ask (rather than assume) what your students would prefer.

Further reading: 'Get out of MySpace' journal article in 'Computers & Education' written by staff  the University of Glamorgan (as was).  The URL for the article is http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131509001857

How academic staff and students are using social media services