Critical assessment of social media tools

Changing the Learning Landscape – Realities of social media in learning and teaching: Making effective, safe, efficient and appropriate use of social media

ILETS member Lee Dunn was recently invited to present at  a national HEA event this coming April. You can book your place here:

Social media turns the traditional static web into a participatory and collaborative experience. Social media enables individuals to discuss, share, and learn via different kinds of media, such as text, video, photos.

The use of social media is increasing within higher education to teach and support student learning. The range of different social media platforms is ever expanding  and it can seem quite daunting trying to navigate through this and find effective methods for learning and teaching. This workshop will discuss a range of social media platforms and provide examples of their use within learning and teaching.

This workshop will offer focussed support for strategic innovation and institutional change in the use of technology to enhance the student experience within learning and teaching. With examples of practice coming from a range of disciplines this event will look to inspire leadership of pedagogic development of the use of social media platforms.

Through a series of presentations, activities and discussions, led by expert speakers, this one-day workshop will introduce you to social media approaches within learning and teaching and provide opportunities to explore how such techniques could be used in your own practice.

Topics include:

  • tools and affordances;
  • creation and curation;
  • connecting and sharing;
  • collaborative design.

Lee’s presentation and discussion will focus around the following:

Critical assessment of social media tools: benefits and challenges

The increased use of social networking has resulted in emerging pedagogies across the education landscape. Various collective behaviours focussed on student-centred learning are beginning to drive the student experience. The use of Facebook and Twitter as a tool to interact with students is becoming increasingly popular and early evidence points towards a variety of benefits for academic staff and their students.

The session will explore some of these benefits, whilst acknowledging the potential challenges which may be faced. Importantly, there will be discussion on the practical integration of such networking tools within higher education, and how it can enhance the learning journey.

There will be an eclectic mix of experience and ambition, grounded by literature and international perspective.