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Social Media for Active Learning MOOC

Social Media for Active Learning MOOC

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Hi! I'm a professor of Instructional Systems at Florida State University and have referred many a student to edutopia as a resource. Now is my turn (I hope) to share with the community.

My graduate students and I have designed a professional development MOOC for educators called Social Media for Active Learning, which we will be offering from Mar 24 - Apr 20. It should be of interest to teachers looking to integrate social media into their classes, with four modules focusing on curation, social media lesson plans, personal learning networks, and privacy and ethics issues. You're welcome to join for any or all of the modules (it's designed with that kind of flexibility in mind).

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi Vanessa, thanks for sharing this resource. It looks like a great opportunity, especially since the course is free and open to anyone.

Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Another example of the way that education is changing. It's an exciting time to be an educator - and a student - when there are so many free and open courses out there. I'll definitely check out this course, Vanessa. By the way, did you see the post about teaching social media on the front page of Edutopia?

Candice Smith's picture
Candice Smith
Educational researcher

These resources are just incredibly helpful.. Thank God for the Edutopia community for compiling this :)

Vanessa, I'm definitely looking forward to this.. My focus would specifically be about handling the privacy and ethical issues when it comes to students using social media for a classroom practice.. I had problems with keeping students attentive towards the main purpose of being on social media. Rather than losing motivation by floating through other content one after the other.

Vanessa Dennen's picture

Hi Keith,

Yes, I follow along with Edutopia and I've seen the social media content. It follows right along with much of what I'm teaching.

Vanessa Dennen's picture

Candace, I'm so glad someone else is interested in the privacy/ethics issues. I think it's critical that we consider this dimension as educators -- and not just to police it, but also to instruct learners.

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