Professors Turning Social Media into Teaching Tool

By Mark Evans - Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 7:30 am  

Social media has become a powerful and valuable tool for many businesses, organizations and individuals. We have touched upon this in previous posts, including this one about scouts in the world of sports.

Now, the academic world is enthusiastically embracing social media in a major way.

This includes professors, who are adopting social media. According to a recent report by Pearson and the Babson Research Survey Group, blogs and wikis are being enthusiastically  used in the lecture halls.

As well, nearly 40% of professors in the humanities and arts use social media for teaching.

This seems like a natural fit. The elements and tenets of social media make it predisposed for learning and teaching. It’s safe to say social media is already being used by the students in many different ways.

If you’re a student or going to be one in the near future, this should make you happy and excited.

The potential of social media for the academic world is well within reach. It has even more components for communication and sharing that is currently not being exploited.

A not so radical idea might be to have an entire course unfold within a social media forum. Why not? You could have video capability, real-time communication and the ability to share at high speed.

This might be jumping the gun, but would you be really surprised if one forward thinking professor tried it out? I wouldn’t.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if social media become fully ingrained in the majority of academic classes around the world.

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