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Social Media for Educators. Strategies and Best Practices

  • ID: 2214869
  • Book
  • May 2012
  • 144 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Social Media for Educators

"At last, a book that provides a straightforward discussion of the pedagogical reasons to use social media, and how to effectively use the tools to enhance learning experiences. A practical must–have!" Rita–Marie Conrad, instructional strategist and technologist, Duke University School of Nursing; coauthor, Engaging the Online Learner and The Online Teaching Survival Guide

"This insightful and in–depth exploration effectively makes a case for embracing the best characteristics of social media to foster deeper learning experiences, promote collaboration, and provide timely feedback. This book is a can′t–miss for educators." Amy M. Collier, associate director for technology and teaching, Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University

"Thought about using social media in your online courses but don′t know where to begin? Joosten′s comprehensive hands–on book describes step–by–step how social media can add richness to your course content and have a positive impact on student outcomes." Rosemary Lehman and Simone ConceiÇão, eInterface; coauthors, Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching and Managing Online Instructor Workload

"Many faculty are hesitant to incorporate social media into their teaching for fear that it will be a distraction or too time consuming. Tanya Joosten has done a remarkable job outlining the benefits and considerations of doing so. Faculty who read this book will be able to make informed, educated decisions about the best approach to take." John Dolan, director, digital media and pedagogy, College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University

Social Media for Educators

This is a down–to–earth resource filled with strategies for designing learning activities that work toward specific outcomes. It illustrates the ways in which social media will improve learning and contains case studies that clearly demonstrate social media′s ability to:

  • Increase communication and interactivity in a course

  • Facilitate engaging learning activities

  • Enhance students′ satisfaction, learning, and performance

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List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Author xix

PART ONE: Background 1

ONE Why Social Media? 3

TWO Preparing to Use Social Media 15

PART TWO: Social Media: What Do We Do with It? 33

THREE Increasing Communication and Encouraging Contact 35

FOUR Developing a Richer Learning Experience 51

FIVE Building Cooperation and Feedback Through Dialogue 65

PART THREE: Other Considerations in Implementation 77

SIX Guiding Social Media in Our Institutions 79

SEVEN Evaluating Social Media 89

Appendix A Sample Social Bookmarking Activity 97

Appendix B Sample Survey Items 101

References 105

Resources 113

Index 115

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Tanya Joosten
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