- I was asked as part of my role in the Teaching and Learning centre at SFU to advise and inform a group of students who have been asked to engage in social media as a part of their class assignment. These days, sites like twitter and facebook are undergoing greater levels of scrutiny, especially as a platform for learning and I wanted to have the most up to date and relevant information for the group.\ I thought the best way to go about this would be to put the question to my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) for advice. The response I received was thoughtful and well articulated, and so much more than I could have generated on my own. Here is the story.
Tips for Using Social Media as Class Discussion & Presentation Space. TIP #1 Begin and end with a Cat GIF
- To begin, the instructor for FASS250 is using her own Twitter account to make observations about the #canada150 campaign in her world. She models the activity for her students in a few tweets.
- To begin I wanted to frame the context of the activity, to discuss and share perspectives around the #canada150 campaign, and what this may mean to others engaged in social media. It did not take long to find a series of hashtags that may go along with the discussion. including;
#resistance150 to name a few.
- Using twitter I was able to quickly hone in on some of the issues. Students are being asked to engage in social media to discuss #canada150, but they are likely to find alternative viewpoints along the way.
It all started with a humble tweet.
Then the replies.
- Right out of the gate, questions regarding the appropriateness of this activity arose.
Tip #1 LISTEN/ FOLLOW FIRST