Social media is becoming increasingly important in learning and teaching, however the specific use and teaching pedagogy remains unclear, with some academic staff embracing it and others distancing themselves (Bowen, 2012). National focus on using these technologies within Higher Education has seen an increase in attention given to online social platforms for collaboration, discussion and knowledge exchange. It is recognised that we still have much to learn on issues around ethical use, assessment and professional contexts, including identity and digital footprints. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of using social media as an integral component of a degree programme. Crucially, the session will focus on a case study from the School of Education, which is part of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
Presented as an interactive workshop, we will explore:
The benefits to students and the opportunities to enhance their learning experience;
The initial and ongoing challenges that present to teaching staff;
Online protection for the developing professional;
An internal study (Dunn, 2015) that presents data from students, staff and an External Examiner;
Draw upon the latest literature e.g. Henderson, (2015).
As part of our discussion, we will focus on aspects of assessment and feedback, which includes the use of recorded audio and visual feedback via software such as Camtasia and emerging technologies such as Google Glass. There will be opportunities to ask questions and to discuss your own experiences of using social media as a construct for learning and teaching. Access to a wireless device and the internet is recommended but not essential.
Bowen, J.A. (2012) Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. John Wiley and Sons: San Franciso.
Dunn, L. (2013) Using social media to enhance learning and teaching. In: Social Media 2013: 18th International Conference on Education and Technology, Hong Kong, China, 1-3 Aug 2013.
Dunn, L., Dickson, B., Trinder, J., Kerr, J., and Andrews, M. (2015) Analysis of Digital Media: Supporting University-Wide Online Learning via Moodle. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.
Henderson, M. (2015) Using social media: assumptions, challenges and risks. Teaching and Digital Technologies. Henderson, M. and Romeo, G. (Eds.). Cambridge University Press: Australia. (Ch10. pp.115).