Supporting Faculty Use of Social Media and Cloud-Based Technologies in the Classroom

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Recently, we offered examples of how some faculty have successfully leveraged social media technologies to help them address specific challenges in teaching and learning –- you can find these examples in our article “In and Out of the Classroom: Using Social Media in Ways that Matter.” This week, we’d like to provide you with practical tips for how faculty developers and instructional technologists can assist faculty in identifying these high-potential opportunities.

To learn more, we turned to faculty development veterans Alisa Cooper, assistant chair and e-courses coordinator for the English department at Glendale Community College, and Kimberly Eke, senior manager of the Teaching and Learning Interactive division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cooper and Eke offer their advice for what support faculty developers can provide at multiple stages of social media adoption:

  • Resources and training not just on the tools themselves but on the tools’ pedagogical affordances
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Cultivating a community of practice among faculty

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