Engaging and Supporting Students when Using Social Media

Social Media Image Creating a engaging/support plan is very challenging. I have included a sample Social Media Support Plan. I have come to understand just how important it is to work with an Instructional Designer. The treasure of information they can share/offer for assistance is staggering.  Not only helping to make sure that the goals and objects are aligned but also knowing sharing information on the wealth of university recourse available. They are also well versed in most if not all of the university faculty services offered by their university.

I am finding more and more just how important is to know the difference between social media and programs that augment assignments. The article,  “50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About “ (GDC Team, 2015) has been extremely helpful. I am also learning how to use these programs not only from the “How to” perspective but also to foster learning and engage students.

I thought I understood large amount of time it takes to create such lesson/activity, support resources needed, and choosing software.  Surprise for me came from the fact that I did not fathom all the minuscule detaila of putting it all together. Workflow was another area I learned more about. The article, “Social Media Workflow – Optimizing your Time in Social Media” (Garcia, 2010) was enlightening on this subject. I especially liked organizing the task for your audience by such priorities as, listening, updating, distribution, blogging, planning, research, sharing, and engagement.

All and all I think it is well worth the time and effort. I clearly agree with most of the elements of “Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs”. (Junco, 2014)  Although he has proposed these elements with Facebook in mind and Student Affairs, I believe they are appropriate for using most social media in academia. They include: (Junco, 2014)

  1. Help peer leaders and mentors develop and maintain connection with program students
  2. Help students connect to each other and faculty and staff members
  3. Help students connect to groups and activities on campus
  4. Increase engagement of nontraditional students

I still have questions.  One that would be worth discussing is, “Is social media supported by the intuition or company more appropriate to use instead of programs like Emodo, Tumblr or Facebook as they can be problematic with security and privacy?” The second is “How can I interest faculty?” I think only time and planning with other supporters of social media in our institution will tell.

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Works Cited

Garcia, I. (2010, September 23). Social Media Workflow – Optimizing your Time in Social Media. (IG, Producer) Retrieved July 18, 2016, from Human Media: New Media: http://isragarcia.com/social-media-workflow-optimizing-and-managing-your-time-in-social-media

GDC Team. (2015). 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know. (E. Staff, Producer, & Edudemic) Retrieved July 18, 2016, from global digital citizen foundataion: https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/50-education-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about

Junco, R. (2014, April 3). Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs. (R. J. Blog, Editor, & R. Junco, Producer) Retrieved July 18, 2016, from Social Media in Higher Education: http://blog.reyjunco.com/using-social-media-in-student-affairs-an-evidence-based-approach-acpa14-slides







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