Combining Facebook and enquiry-based blended learning to teach social media skills

This story contains the rationale to a 7-minute film outlining how Facebook and an enquiry-based blended learning design were combined to help students develop professional social media practices.

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  1. Introduction

  2. The following seven-minute film outlines how Facebook and an enquiry-based blended learning design were used to help students develop professional social media practices. The film also includes student feedback about their experiences of engaging with this learning design. Whilst related to social work, the issues, methods and lessons explored here can potentially be applied to other disciplines. To access an open article at the British Journal of Social Work outlining this approach in detail click here.
  3. Background

  4. As an educator, I was aware that students who connected using Facebook during their studies could effortlessly maintain that social network once they left University. Like any other professional group, there was the possibility that once they left University these students could use these social networks to discuss future work related issues.
  5. To enable students to learn about the potential and pitfalls of sharing, communicating and collaborating using social networks once in employment, the challenge was to find ways of equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to use these tools professionally.   
  6. To meet this challenge, this film outlines how Facebook and an enquiry-based blended learning design were used to provide students with opportunities to explore issues such as:
  7. · online safety 
  8. · projecting and maintaining a professional online image
  9. · maintaining personal and professional boundaries 
  10. · using social networks to develop and share good professional practice  
  11. · working for the benefit of future service users
  12. Facebook was used as a site for learning because over 90% of the two cohorts represented on this film (MA and BA students) reported actively using this medium. One of the benefits of using an enquiry-based blended learning approach was that their experiences of developing their knowledge and skills on Facebook could potentially be transferred to other social networking sites.
  13. Combining Facebook and enquiry-based blended learning to teach social media skills
  14. I've added some additional links to resources that other educators, professionals may find useful. If you have any more, please suggest them.

    The Social Work Social Media App can help you explore these issues further. Click the links below to the Apple and Google App Stores to download.
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