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Pre-conference Workshop


Constituent Group



Sloan-C International Online annual conference pre-conference workshop: http://sloanconsortium.org/aln/2010aln_Workshops

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#et4online Presentation

Joosten, T. (July, 2010). Does social media (Twitter, Facebook) actually increase student learning and satisfaction? [to be] Presented at the Sloan-C Emerging Technology conference, San Jose, CA.

#NMC2010 Interactive Session

PDF of PPT from Interactive can be found at:

#mwrc10 Midwest EDUCAUSE

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YouTube Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJS46y7pa_k Apple Internet Ad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o A Vision of Student’s Today
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kra_z9vMnHo No Future Left Behind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WPVWDkF7U8 Twitter Experiment

Second Life:

Tanya Joosten, Interim Associate Director
Learning Technology Center
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
tjoosten@uwm.edu, twitter @tjoosten, second life juice.gyoza

Why we need to transform? See A Vision of Students Today

Students are less concerned with making money and more concerned about the dollar spent.

They are overwhelmed by the world’s problems since they are more aware of them – they want to solve them, so they want courses with real life problem skills.

As Shannon from Seton Hall Law School stated in ELI Mobile session the first week in March, they view e-mail as old technology or for old people.

They don’t believe in getting information from the sage on the stage, since they HAVE access now to all the information in the world

They need help managing that information and analyzing that information

They need to feel connected to learn

We need to be MOBILE, open to change, ready to transform – ourselves, our institutions, our classes to keep pace with society

Keep pace with our competition that now exists in this OPEN market of education

Social Media to Meet Pedagogical Needs: Engage, Build Presence, Build Community


As Metts (2003) reported that “Over half (52%) said the worst part of the online experience was poor communication. And half of those (26% of the total) said the problem was communicating with their instructors” (para 16).
According to a survey by Joosten (2009), students reported that they need good (67%) and frequent communication (90%) with their instructor and good communication with their classmates (75%). They also reported that they need to feel connected to learn (80%) (see http://tinyurl.com/yafu8qz).
As Ferenstein (2009) reported “Many universities have internal e-mail systems and message boards. But getting students to routinely check these systems for updates can be a chore” (para 8).
PEW Study – don’t check email
According to Bulik (July 8th, 2009) “Out of the 110 million Americans (or 60% of the online population) who use social networks, the average social networking user logs on to these sites quite a bit. They go to social networking sites 5 days per week and check in 4 times a day for a total of an hour per day. Nine percent of that group stay logged in all day long and are ‘constantly checking what's new’” (para 7).
From Wall Street Journal -http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/03/15/facebook-tops-google-as-most-visited-site-in-the-us/
Facebook just squeaked by the search giant, as visits to the social-networking site made up 7.07% of all Web visits compared with 7.03% for Google. But that was enough to knock Google out of the top spot for the first time since the week ending Sept. 15, 2007.
Current trends favor Facebook, however: Its share of total visits increased 185% from the same week last year, compared with 9% growth for Google.
PEW Internet Study http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Social-Media-and-Young-Adults.aspx?r=1
Fully 72% of online 18-29 year olds use social networking websites
As Diana Oblinger mentioned in the opening – Mobility is a theme
In 2004 a study at UW system reported that the majority of students do not want their personal media convoluted with course-related media
5 years later in 2009, that has changed – professor joosten.blogspot.com –
Preliminary research conducted (see http://tinyurl.com/yafu8qz) indicates to us that the majority of students would like to receive communication about their course via text messaging and that the majority of students are on Facebook where they communicate most often.
71% of my students wanted to receive notifications about course via mobile phone
According to Butler (1991) students have reported that they perceive lecture as the least effective method of teaching.
Also, Saville and Zinnit (2005) reported that students learn better using other methods of teaching besides lecture.
At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we did implement Student Response Systems (see http://tinyurl.com/ywy9z7) or clickers, as they are more commonly known. We have over 15,000 students who own a clickers, almost 6,000 students a semester using clickers, and almost 50 course section a semester using clickers (See http://clickers.uwm.edu or http://tinyurl.com/yk63cj4).

What is social media?
Social media is media which is used to build social networks and connections for sharing information via a mediated channel. It also is considered user-constructed media that is shared through social networks. In some cases, social media has been referred to as social networking sites (SnS) or tools or Web 2.0 technologies. More specifically, Boyd and Ellison (2007) describe "web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system" (para 4). Examples of social media may include Twitter, Facebook, Second Life, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and more.
Social media tools, such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube, have the potential to increase communication among faculty and students, increase engagement in the classroom, and create peer networks among students, faculty, and the community. With the advancement of the functionality of mobile technologies and the widespread ownership on college campuses, social media tools that have the potential to increase engagement and interactivity are literally at students fingertips.

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