Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Intro to Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools Through Faculty Practices - Workshop

On April 15, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, I moderated for the first time my new training session on the use of social media and web 2.0 tools in higher education. I have spent a considerable amount of time preparing for this and hoped to be able to draw some people in from my personal learning network during the event, which did happen.

On June 4, during the Summer Faculty Institute, I will moderate it again, but this time on a tighter schedule (only 30 minutes). The live stream will be available on Ustream:

This TinyURL will point to this workshop gateway page (this page you're reading right now):

I had to use a date stamp at the end because I used /smpractices before for my dry run... A downside of URL shortening...

Please monitor the #smpractices hashtag on my Twitter account (@mathplourde) for more details. Since this will be a one man show, I probably will not be able to monitor Twitter during the presentation but will try to take pauses to discuss when appropriate. I will also prepare tweetbites in advance using SocialOomph to send automated timely updates during the presentation.

As I work on which practices to showcase and on the flow of the presentation, I will edit this blog post to add links and embeds to specific resources.

Session Support Links
Faculty Practices
In no particular order, here's the list of practices that might be used during the presentation:
Comment from Stéphane Gauvin, Professor of Marketing, Université Laval, about his use of Facebook as a LMS:

For me, as a teacher, it turned out to be the best environment, by a mile. More and better interaction. It may not provide the easiest way to manage some chores, though, as culling assignments and integrating graded activities is not as easy as it is in a customized [LMS]. Many students were skeptical at first. Most liked it. Some were overwhelmed by the amount of information; some were uneasy with the friends/colleagues mix. I'll very probably use it again next year (keep in mind that this is for an eMarketing [graduate] course -- my assessment is less enthusiastic for support to regular courses).
Professor Gauvin also uses Dropbox to share files and have students drop their assignments.

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