Social Networking Communication

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Instructors use social networking tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. to interact with students and engage student learning. See the following Innovative Online Teaching Practice video for details on how social networking tools may be implemented in an online course. While the focus is on Twitter, the principles are applicable to other social networking tools.

Video: UCF's Dr. Amanda Groff on Social Networking Tools

Dr. Amanda Groff on Social Networking Tools

This document created by UCF's Dr. Kevin Yee presents additional strategies on how to use Twitter in class.

Link to example artifact(s)

Dr. Amanda Groff (Anthropology)

UCF's Dr. Groff describes and displays her use of Twitter for teaching updates in the video above.

Dr. Kelvin Thompson (Educational Technology)

Excerpt from Dr. Kelvin Thompson's EME5050 Twitter feed

UCF's Dr. Kelvin Thompson uses Twitter to share with students brief supplemental content links and status updates related to course work. His students use Twitter to share links to their course-related blog posts, ask questions, and share content-related links that they've found. Students may elect to set-up new Twitter accounts to separate their course work from their personal social networking spaces. Students and instructor may interact via Twitter from an embedded widget within the learning management system (LMS), from the Twitter #EME5050 feed, or through an existing Twitter app. Twitter aggregates all of the course-related micro-posts in one space, but students may also connect beyond the course with other professionals interested in the content of their micro-postings. Thompson's use of Twitter provides these pre-service and in-service teachers with the experience of participating in a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Link to scholarly reference(s)

Church, A. (2008). Bloom's digital taxonomy. Retrieved from

EDUCAUSE. (2007). 7 things you should know about Twitter ( No. EL17027). Retrieved from

Faculty Focus. (2010). Twitter in higher education 2010: Usage habits and trends of today's college faculty. Retrieved October 12, 2010 from

Rankin, M. (2009) The twitter experiment at UT Dallas. Retrieved from


To cite this entry, please use the APA citation below, or consult your preferred style guide.

Kelvin Thompson, Baiyun Chen and Philip Carter (2016). Social Networking Communication. In K. Thompson and B. Chen (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved March 28, 2017 from

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