Learning the 21st Century Way: Making Sense of How to use Social Media for Learning – Webinar presenter, Dr. Sarah Eaton [Video – 1:04:23] (2012)

In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Eaton of the University of Calgary shares her experience of incorporating social media, specifically Twitter, into one of her courses. Aimed at students who were on academic probation, the course was about becoming an effective learner.

She begins with a discussion of the growing role of social media in education and shows how it can add value to the learning process.

From there, she goes on to discuss her experiences in the course she taught, noting that there was considerable resistance to the use of Twitter as a learning tool among her students. Many of them regarded social media as their personal, fun space and saw the use of Twitter in the course as the invasion of that space by an authority figure.

A teacher planning to use social media in a course should have a specific question or task that will guide the learning, Eaton says. Don’t use technology just because it’s intriguing.

She also encourages instructors to know their technology thoroughly; to expect that learning will take longer than anticipated; and to understand that the process will be a complex one.

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