#smcedu – Social Media Education Chat

Today the Social Media Education Club organized their first twitter chat on social media education. Attendants were few and all of them except me (maybe I’m wrong) were from the US. Some interesting questions were asked but I for one found the twitter chat quite confusing when it came to follow the conversation as people’s re-tweets (RTs) kept coming up and questions seemed also to come from more than one source.

However, youth health it was good to see that there are other educators out there trying to integrate social media in academia and moreover, that there is interest in collaboration and sharing ideas. If you are interested in joining or following the conversation check the Social Media Club Education Connection and to get access to some resources check the Social Media Club Education Initiative. Also to see the complete conversation that  featured #smcedu or #smceduchat check the links. A conversation excerpt and my suggestions are copied below.

Conversation:

  1. yongclee: Great question posed by @billhandy earlier: How can we measure the success of #smcedu? Quality of curr? # of schools using? #smceduchat – about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
  2. ana_adi: @billhandy – number of schools should follow successful pilot implementation of courses + good student evaluations – the measure #smcedu – about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet ·  Hide Conversation
  3. ana_adi: @socialmediaclub @billhandy also, there’s no use to ask about measurement when schools lack infrastructure or interest to support #smcedu – about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet ·  Hide Conversation
  4. billhandy: @ana_adi Perhaps thats the first step, creating a strategic plan professors interested in teaching can use to develop course #smceduchat – 5 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  5. billhandy: @ana_adi Okstate lacked infrastructure and support until they were approached with a legit reason to engage. #smceduchat – less than a minute later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  6. ana_adi: @billhandy bill, professors as early adopters of #smcedu are essential as they can come up with exploratory models- 12 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  7. billhandy: @ana_adi agreed re profs but not sure creating a student group proves value to the movement. – 4 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  8. ana_adi: @billhandy @chrisheuer educators should have a common forum 4 discussion and debate as well as a publication to share findings #smcedu – 1 minute later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  9. ana_adi: @billhandy i use my own experience but make sure i point adv & disadv of SM + invite students to explore & discover SM on their own #smcedu – 16 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  10. billhandy: @ana_adi agreed and good approach. Clinical approach has huge value. #smcedu – half a minute later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  11. ana_adi: @billhandy i use a lot of new media as background info – blogs, non-traditional research, new tools: http://bit.ly/1JvUCs (expand) #smcedu – 13 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  12. billhandy: @ana_adi class is also reverse engineering text for future class. Using wiki to collect #smcedu – 2 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  13. billhandy: @ana_adi Curious, what research methodologies are new? How are they used? #smcedu – less than a minute later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  14. ana_adi: @billhandy such as twitter apps for research or google insights for search – freely available, easy to use #smcedu – 5 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  15. billhandy: @ana_adi gotcha, tools to collect information are different, not research methods. #smcedu – 5 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  16. ana_adi: @billhandy well, you’re right – but still new sampling or data collection methods meet resistance from traditional reviewers #smcedu – 3 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
  17. billhandy: @ana_adi agreed and look forward to the day blogging can be part of scholarship criteria. – 11 minutes later from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

My suggestions:

ana_adi: my suggestions for #smcedu: 1. move chat to platform with video, audio & chat integration; 2. take notes from chats; 3. create blog/forum – 28 minutes ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

ana_adi: my suggestions for #smcedu continued: 4. create online journal; 5. create a monthly blog talk show w/guests; 6. start collaborating – 24 minutes ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

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6 thoughts on “#smcedu – Social Media Education Chat

  1. Sounds like a really good idea – but I agree with your suggestions Ana, it needs a place to “meet” online which isn’t twitter (a video/chat platform would be fab) – understandably though, twitter is the best tool for “amplifying” events and offline discussion to others (like us!) where the attendees do not need to commit too much extra thought to sharing the thoughts and the discussion.

    I’ve done a little bit of work with social media and education, I will try find you some links to share soon! 🙂

    1. There are platforms like TokBox and TinyChat which we’ve tested that allow sharing conversations on Twitter and Facebook, so smcedu could benefit both from the live video/audio interaction between participants and the amplifying of Twitter and Facebook. It’s up to the organizers after all take a decision in this direction.

      As for us, maybe we should start our own UK chapter of Social Media Education Club. 🙂

      Finally, when you have your links, post them here as well.

  2. Thank you so much for putting this post-chat-post together. Very glad to have you participating.

    We could do this as a blogtalkradio show in the not too distant future, but other twitter hashtag chats have worked quite well, so I would like to stick with it a little longer before giving up entirely.

    We originally launched Social Media Club in the UK back in 2006 with Lloyd Davis, so he has moved on to focus on Tuttle obviously, but we have great friends in the Social Media community across the UK… we just need a new leadership to step up. When I visited earlier this year I had a chance to tour Cambridge and learn quite a bit of history of learning. It was quite inspiring.

    1. I’d recommend you give a try to ToxBox for chats like the one today. BlogTalk radio can be for special guests and special features. Let me know if you need more info.

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