Unit 2: Developing, delivering, and curating content
Social media tools provide the opportunity to add user-generated content to your online or blended course. Tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, and YouTube enable your students to easily share ideas and add to the core content of online learning experiences – particularly in light of the 'any time', 'any place' access offered by mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Your students are probably using many of these social media tools already, and will be eager to contribute to the core course content using building blocks that they are familiar with.
The next activity will introduce you to some of the key social media tools available and the ways in which they can be easily integrated, adding valuable content to your course.
The following paragraphs will introduce you to some of the key social media tools available and the ways in which they can be easily integrated, adding valuable content to your course.
'Learning in Facebook: First year tertiary student reflections from 2008 to...
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When uploading and sharing content, and when encouraging students to...
Using a social bookmarking application such as Diigo, start to...
Twitter is a microblogging application which enables you to share short text messages (under 140 characters). Through the Twitter interface and mobile apps you can post 'tweets', and follow other users and topics.
Facebook is a social networking platform which enables you to create a profile, share content, and connect with other users.
Pinterest is an online pinboard which enables you to collect and display selected images with links to related sites. The focus of Pinterest is on creating a visual collection of resources. You can share and re-pin postings from other users as well.
Flickr is a photo management space which enables you to post and share photographs and other images.
SlideShare is a document sharing space which enables you to upload, share, view, and comment on presentations and presentation-related resources.
YouTube is a video sharing space which enables you to upload, share, view, and comment on videos.
Diigo is a social bookmarking application which enables you to save, share, and annotate web links online. Diigo allows you to create groups within which you can share and discuss saved web links.
Have a look at the 'Useful links' pod to the right, which contains links to articles and resources giving further information on, and examples of, practical uses of social media in the online classroom.
Consider the 'Useful links' pod at the end of this section, which contains links to articles and resources giving further information on, and examples of, practical uses of social media in the online classroom.
Keeping track of social media-generated content can be simplified by using a method called 'tagging'. Tagging content allows you and your students to easily search for all content related to your course, or topic. Creating tags means creating keywords to associate with content in order to make finding that content much easier. All you need to do is determine what tag (keyword) you want to use (be sure to make it distinctive!) and to remind students to tag all content using that determined tag.
For example, you can combine your course identifier and the year to create a tag, such as IDTWC2013, and ask your students to include that identifier as a tag in all content that they create using social media. That will enable you to search on that term and find all social media content associated with that tag.
Take some time to find the places where you can enter tags when you are using social media tools!
Check with your institution for information related to institutional social media...
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When you or your students create content to share online, you should...
Social media is changing the way many of our students communicate and interact. Harnessing these methods of interaction can add a rich collaborative component to your online classes. It is important, however, to weigh the benefits and risks of using social media before you integrate it into your online teaching and learning. Key concerns about using social media in the classroom include:
The next activity will encourage you to think about some of the issues and considerations related to using social media in your teaching, and possible strategies to combat them.
The following exercise will encourage you to think about some of the issues and considerations related to using social media in your teaching, and possible strategies to combat them.
Now check to see if you are correct:
Conversations may get out of hand and students may post inappropriate content: establish clear codes of conduct for student content contribution.
Content that you and your students post will be accessible to the world: check privacy settings for any tool before you use it in your online course and consider using closed group settings.
The institution will not let you use certain social media tools in your online teaching: check for institutional and departmental social media policies.
Someone will copy and reuse content that you or your students have posted without giving you credit: review the options for attributing work under Creative Commons licensing.
Students will get distracted by social media tools and lose focus on assigned tasks: provide detailed instructions for social media activities along with mapped learning objectives for students to aim for.
'Overcoming Hurdles to Social Media in Education' (Tinti-Kane, 2013) is an...
For further advice on some of the potential disadvantages of using social media for teaching and learning, and how to mitigate them, see the 'Useful links' pod to the right.
For further advice on some of the potential disadvantages of using social media for teaching and learning, and how to mitigate them, consult the 'Useful links' pod at the end of this section.
Social media is changing how we access information and communicate with each other. Students are already using Facebook, Twitter, and a variety of other applications to connect and share. Be aware of the concerns surrounding social media usage in teaching and learning before trying to integrate social media components into your online teaching. Remember, you can ask your students to help guide your selection and implementation of specific social media applications.
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When uploading and sharing content, and when encouraging students to do the same, bear in mind copyright and IP issues and that these can vary by tool! Make sure that the original authors of materials are fully acknowledged, and ensure that you don't distribute copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright owner. Also check the impact on the status of your own copyright with a tool you plan to use.
If you are considering providing video content, bear in mind that videos may not play in certain regions of the world.
Duration: 30 minutes to set up, plus regular updates
Using a social bookmarking application such as Diigo, start to compile a library of the technology tools you use and discover as you progress through this course.
Share your library of bookmarks with your peers and ask them to do the same. Are any of the new technology tools that you have found particularly helpful in improving your online teaching?
You may wish to use the attached document to make a note of your thoughts, or complete the relevant page of your Teaching Online portfolio.
Check with your institution for information related to institutional social media policies and accepted practices for using these tools and approaches in your online teaching.
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When you or your students create content to share online, you should consider adding a Creative Commons licence to add terms to the use and repurposing of your work. Visit the Creative Commons website for a full review of licensing and permission types before you publish open resources: http://creativecommons.org/