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In this 1.5 hour workshop, faculty considered new strategies, best practices, pedagogy-first approaches, benefits and challenges, and next steps regarding social media integration within postsecondary educational settings.
Examples focused on how social media can improve student engagement and content retention, and strategies discussed manageable ways for faculty of all technology comfort levels to integrate social media.
The workshop focused on the mainstream tools (including Twitter and LinkedIn) but also briefly discussed others (like Pinterest, Delicious, and Instagram) and mentioned academic collaboration tools (like Zotero).
Potential benefits for faculty and staff who attended include:
• learning to meet students where they are–on social media;
• examples of tools that support immediate connections with students in and out of class; including tools that give students the opportunity to contribute.
• ideas for enlarging the conversation of course topics, beyond the confines of their classrooms—ways to easily bringing in experts or following experts to add to the class discussions and understanding.
• strategies for creating a body of work to support ideas, readings, theories, and projects—one that can continue to grow through different semesters;