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Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices
Wiley/Jossey-Bass; 2012; 144 Pages; ISBN: 1118118286
Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook are used to encourage connected learning environments.
By involving educators in professional learning networks, many discover the benefits of a virtual
support system to build relationships, share ideas, and learn about instructional design
applications of the social web.
Social media provides value and added benefits for both educators and learners. With
enhanced communication and on-going interactions in social media, more learners feel
connected to the curriculum materials, instructor, and one another. Social media has the potential
to increase learner performance through timely feedback, personalized instruction, and learning
satisfaction. Joosten provides useful considerations in designing social media platforms to
structure a course, support connected communication streams, and identify digital content
delivery methods that are appropriate for the desired learning outcomes.
There are a number of social media tools to support current content, curation, and
management for multiple platforms. With evolving aspects to social media, there are a number of
concerns, questions, and areas that organizations should consider according to the final section of
the book. Social media often prompts discussion about appropriate policies, privacy needs,
learner use, structural guidance, potential costs, technical support, and sustainability. This section
of the book provides a starting point for addressing common concerns such as organizational
ownership, user-generated media, IT questions, administrative support, policy development,
social media training, and aggregation of platforms or accounts. Joosten also provides
suggestions for evaluating social media audience, establishing social media purpose, and
assessment of social media in practice with a helpful set of evaluation questions included in the
Social Media for Educators is an excellent textbook that interweaves theory, applications,
and current pedagogical experiences for learning environments. For those in the learning and
performance industry, this book provides insights and ideas to help guide social media use for
both educators and learners. Joosten provides current examples, benefits and considerations
throughout each chapter to help educators. Whether educators are beginning to design a learning
curriculum or learners are considering social media for organizational development, this book
presents helpful insights and experiences that will potentially influence and shape effective
engagement and learning with social media.
Laura A. Pasquini is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Learning Technologies and Academic
Counselor/Instructor for the Ofjfice for Exploring Majors, Undergraduate Studies at the
University ofNorth Texas, Denton, TX When she is not reading books or editing articles, she
can found being social with her media on Twitter (@laurapasquini) and via her blog.
Learning and Performance Quarterly, 1(2), 2012
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