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Social media

Examples of use of social media in learning

  • Blogs, for reflective journals, and simple eportfolios. Use blogs within Moodle or external services such as Wordpress
  • Wikis, for collaborative development of texts (e.g., Moodle wiki or Workspace)
  • Social networking sites, e.g., encouraging students to use a Facebook group to discuss their groupwork project
  • Twitter, for quickfire discussion of a key idea or concept
  • Sharing of images (e.g., Flickr) or videos (e.g., YouTube)
  • Virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life simulations)

Some of the issues around using more social media in teaching and learning include:

  • The need to raise digital literacy of both staff and students
  • The challenge of quality assurance
  • Speedy pace of technological change and lack of time to research, explore and keep up with the technology
  • Different sites are used and blocked in different countries
  • Blurring of boundaries between the private and the “formal educational” use of social media spaces (such as Facebook)

Initiatives of the open educational resources (OER) movement include  sharing and development of discussion around freely shared OER objects and the contexts in which they are used.

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