Educause08: Social Media and Education

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Published on October 27, 2008

Author: intellagirl


Social Media and Education: The Conflict Between Technology and Institutional Education, and the Future Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins Educause October 2008


Prof. Edupunk: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Web Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins Educause October 2008

Learning is Changing

Many of the benefits of institutional learning can now be accomplished via social media.

What does higher education provide?

Membership in intellectual and social affinity groups

Engaging in intellectual discussions

Access to resources and experts

Official endorsement of completion

Accumulate and develop skills for employment

Association with professional community

Guidance through experiences and thought processes

What role does social media play in the lives of those engaged with it?

Self Expression

Sharing enthusiasm for common interests

Access to experts and personalities

Enhance personal and professional reputation

Build and share skills

Social media changes… who we can reach Howard Rheingold

Social media changes… how many people we can reach Facebook Nexus Friend Graph

Social media changes… our methods of expression

All communication is educational

Dialogic communication allows for more community, exchange of ideas

Social Media creates new ways to learn without the communities and structures created by institutions.

What is the educator’s role in a world where production and consumption of information has been… Democratic Amateur Distributed

Educators are no longer the GATEKEEPERS of knowledge Jim Groom the role of educators is changing

Teaching students how to learn in an information economy

Teaching students the importance of contributing to a community

Relating as more experienced co-creators rather than employers

Serving as guides as students shape their own paths

In a world of social media, educators are more important than ever

Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins SL: Intellagirl Tully Email: Web: Skype, Yahoo, AIM, Gchat: Intellagirl

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