Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching

25 Ways and 40 Examples of Using Social Media to Enhance Learning


Social media has become a part of our daily life, although Twitter wasn’t designed with teaching in mind but Rosie Miles finds it an ideal way to encourage students to get under the skin of academic texts. Here she explains how: Teaching with Twitter: how the social network can contribute to learning.

I am a senior lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton and have been an advocate for the past few years of teaching using blended learning – integrating online learning activities alongside face-to-face teaching.

Two of my courses on Victorian literature feature a number of assessed online discussion forum activities. They get 100% participation – much of it enthusiastic.

Online learning spaces are neutral – just like a ‘real’ classroom is. It’s what you do in them that matters. I use face-to-face classes as a spur to take our study of any given topic further online, thus extending it into areas of reflection and research not possible within the constraints of a seminar discussion.

Jason Neiffer just gave a breakout session “Using Social Media to Improve Classroom and School Communications” at Blackfoot ETC, this is the great presentation slides, there are practical strategies along with total 40 examples of real cases organized in livebinders.

Online Colleges has made this infographic for some good ideas of using social media to enhance teaching and learning. There are 4 main purposes to utilize social media tools : notify, curate, connect, teach.

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media
From: OnlineColleges.net

More reading:

Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media (Converge Mag.)

36 Interesting ways* to use Twitter in the Classroom (Google Doc. initiated by Tom Barrett)

Celebrating 10,000 followers… and our resources to help engage students through social media (JISC )

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