Social Networking Communication
From Pedagogical Repository
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.
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)
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 http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/file/view/bloom%27s+Digital+taxonomy+v3.01.pdf
EDUCAUSE. (2007). 7 things you should know about Twitter ( No. EL17027). Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutTwitt/161801
Faculty Focus. (2010). Twitter in higher education 2010: Usage habits and trends of today's college faculty. Retrieved October 12, 2010 from http://www.facultyfocus.com/free-report/twitter-in-higher-education-2010-usage-habits-and-trends-of-todays-college-faculty
Rankin, M. (2009) The twitter experiment at UT Dallas. Retrieved from http://www.utdallas.edu/~mrankin/usweb/twitterconclusions.htm
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 https://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php?title=Social_Networking_Communication&oldid=4991