Mini-session: Social Media in the Learning Management System
July 13, 2011 Leave a comment
David Lloyd from Georgia Southern University
Unfortunately this session was in far too small of a room! There was a huge line waiting to get in, and I was able to squeeze in with only two chairs left. The presenter was great, I picked up a number of great things – I think it is very possible to embed social media into a course without requiring that your students use and social media themselves!
Take away #1 – adding widgets into your course such as the Google Voice widget. This will allow students to call you without you having to give out your phone number or without your students having to give you their number!
So many of the different social media tools have widgets you can add right into your course. Another one shown by the presenter was your twitter feed. He added it to the footer of his course homepage – this would be very useful for an instructor to use twitter to send quick updates and announcements to their students who can view the updates in the Blackboard course or on twitter all without requiring students to have a twitter account. With all of the twitter widget options, you can embed various tweet searches for specific topics by specifying hashtags such as #BbWorld11 for Blackboard World 2011.
Another big take away for me was embedding items in the description/instruction area of discussion threads. I had never seen this, but it is so cool! An instructor could embed a specific YouTube video (or any embedable social media widget) into any part of their course in which html is allowed. In the picture I took, David embedded the YouTube video of yesterday’s keynote speaker Steve Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From. The possibilities are simply endless.