"When used as an educational tool, colleges and universities have found that social media enhances the learning experience by enabling students and teachers to connect and interact in new ways beyond the classroom."
"Many take it for granted that online education must be run through a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard, D2L, etc. Now faculty are starting to wrestle control back from administrators through the use of social media tools.
The iPad is inherently an individualized device - 'Our Pad' makes it easier to work around that. With this app, iPads could be available for loan within a college library, or a few people in a department or work group might share the use of one?
Because of MOOCs and Princeton’s upcoming participation in Coursera, “The conversations about teaching (at Princeton) have gone from 0 to 60 on our campus.” Princeton faculty who used to brush off discussions geared toward improving their teaching are now eager to have such discussions, he says.
Unlike the popular “check-in” services like Foursquare and Facebook Places that do little more than broadcast a user’s current location to friends, Kirchick says SCVNGR guides users to specific locations as part of a gaming experience, perfect for team-building and ice-breaking experiences of the sort popular at university orientation weekends.
"Twitter, best known as the 140-character social-networking site where Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga chit-chat with fans, has become a new literary format that is improving student learning, a new study argues."
The rise of social media has impacted every sector of the modern economy, and higher education is no exception. This study takes a deep dive into faculty awareness, personal use, and professional use of social media.
"The Flipped Classroom has become quite the buzz in education and its use in higher education has been given a lot of press recently." This post provides an implementation model based on an experiential model of learning.
It is difficult for a lot of organisations (including colleges) to support informal and social learning because they are unable to jump the two mindset hurdles of (a) thinking that learning only happens in training courses, and (b) that all organisational learning needs to be controlled by training departments.