At 9:00am On 11/8/16 I attended Social Media & Learning Engagement in Online Education presented by Laura McNeill at the 2016 USCA NDLW Virtual Conference.
Social Media & Learning Engagement in Online Education
This was a really echoey conversation, and the online venue made this very difficult to follow. I had to turn off sound for several portions of the training, but was able to follow the bulk of the conversation. I added the links provided to some of the most echoey portions of the presentation.
As colleges and universities continue to expand online learning opportunities, student engagement, interaction, and participation, as well as the prevention of attrition, will be crucial to the success and growth of such programs. Researchers have observed that the most well planned online and explicitly laid out instructional environment is not enough to sustain learner interest or support engagement. Some studies have suggested increasing student collaboration through a variety of technology tools that simulate to face to face interaction. Social media is one option that shows much potential for positively impacting online learning.
Social Media Explained in Donuts (https://vimeo.com/76290266)
YouTube Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMLAEv2dcVE)
As the BYOD (bring your own device) classroom becomes a more prevalent ideation, it will be interesting to see this approach continue.
Attrition in online classes tends to be a major, ongoing issue. Often this can be seen as an issue with the unreadiness of students for online classes. Again, this is a nod to our ELI and EPIC training on campus – well done team!
<h2>Reasons for attrition</h2>Low motivation and poor study habits, combined with confusion about course activities and deadlines, isolation from classmates and instructions, and slow internet connections often cause problems.
<h2>Crucial Collaboration</h2>Students can be less anxious and more connected when a variety of tools allow them to have the F2F interactions they desire. Student who collaborate and share: use more technology, have a better e-learning experience, and practice self-directed learning. In many cases, social media tools are the answer, but how can you integrate this in the classroom?
<h2>Social Media in the classroom</h2><ul><li>Facilitate informal discussion and collaboration<li>reflect on learning<li>enhance instruction with enrichment<li>Keep students engaged in a non-time-sensitive context.
All-in-all I thought this was pretty good, and pointed once again into what we can do for the classroom, but not a lot of good examples shown here.
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On April 26th, 2015 I achieved the Diploma in Social Media Marketing offered by Alison.com
Alison.com — Diploma in Social Media Marketing Achieved!
This coursework was completed over several weeks. Social media marketing is of increasing importance to most businesses and organizations. This course from ALISON.com covered the concepts and application of social media marketing and equipped completers with the skills to plan and implement a successful social media marketing strategy.
Course topics included the use of email marketing, affiliate marketing, using social media tools such as Twitter, podcasting and blogging, and how to use Facebook to create fan pages and increase traffic to business pages. This material was very similar to the WEB214 (Social Media) course offered at Wake Tech Community College.