Tap into the power of social media and increase course effectiveness! Faculty will learn to choose the appropriate social media tool for the intended learning outcome, design engaging and innovative activities, and better meet pedagogical needs. In addition, the author offers strategies for assessing and documenting the effectiveness of using these tools in your course. Administrators and student affairs professionals will also find a wealth of information useful for planning faculty development programs and communicating with students. Although the book focuses on higher education, tools and techniques presented here can be easily generalized for K 12 classrooms or organizational learn-ing. The best practices and faculty development tips can be informative for individuals involved in any kind of professional development or network-building.
Tanya Joosten is the interim director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Learning Technology Center (LTC) and teaches in the Department of Communication. She also leads several UWM social media initiatives and the EDUCAUSE social media constituent group.
List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits vii Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii About the Author xix PART ONE: Background 1 ONE Why Social Media? 3 TWO Preparing to Use Social Media 15 PART TWO: Social Media: What Do We Do with It? 33 THREE Increasing Communication and Encouraging Contact 35 FOUR Developing a Richer Learning Experience 51 FIVE Building Cooperation and Feedback Through Dialogue 65 PART THREE: Other Considerations in Implementation 77 SIX Guiding Social Media in Our Institutions 79 SEVEN Evaluating Social Media 89 Appendix A Sample Social Bookmarking Activity 97 Appendix B Sample Survey Items 101 References 105 Resources 113 Index 115