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Social Networking for Online Learning

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Description

This course examines the use of social networking in the context of online learning. Students explore current social networking technologies and best practices for using social networking strategies to foster online community.

Audience

The course is designed to inform and instruct professionals serving in education and training capacities.

Topics

Experience using several different, current social networking tools

  • Microblog (ie: Twitter)
  • Social Bookmarking (ie: Diigo)
  • Use web-based tools to collaborate with students and colleagues.
  • Discuss the potential for use of social networking tools in distance education
  • Design a model for use of social networking strategies in a distance education course
  • Implement a social networking tool into a unit of study

Outline

Goals

Experience using several different, current social networking tools Microblog (ie: Twitter) Social Bookmarking (ie: Diigo) Use web-based tools to collaborate with students and colleagues. Discuss the potential for use of social networking tools in distance education Design a model for use of social networking strategies in a distance education course Implement a social networking tool into a unit of study

Objectives

Length

4 weeks

Prerequisites

You may take this course without any course prerequisites.

Requirements

All students create social bookmarking account; bookmark resources on various technologies and approaches for use in distance learning Each week, several required readings are provided by instructor. Students then find an additional resource, bookmark using course tag, and then write a review of the resource and post to module discussion board. Students engage in asynchronous discussions each week Students complete unit redesign project in three phases Students reflect on their learning after each Module

Delivery

Completely Online. Several forms of communication will be used during this course. Moodle Forums Moodle discussion forums are the heart of this online course. It is where you will submit all of your assignments, and where you will discuss your work with your classmates. Elluminate Live Elluminate is an example of a multi-modal synchronous delivery system. Email You have the ability to subscribe to Moodle discussions so that you can read course activity within your email client. This is also one means of communicating privately with classmates or instructors. In addition, the following methods may be used during the course: Skype Skype is a free VoiP service that can be an effective way for the instructor to interact with students or for students to interact with each other. It includes a chat and file transfer capability that can also be useful in this course. Telephone The telephone is still sometimes the most effective mode for troubleshooting technology problems or other issues related to the course. Your instructor's phone numbers and other contact information can be found above.

Workload

Workload You will probably spend a minimum of 10 hours a week working on the course itself, including time spent reading, writing to respond to questions and interact with classmates, downloading and installing necessary software.
There may be one or two synchronous sessions during the course, but there will be some flexibility with scheduling those. Participants are required to log on to the course a minimum of 3 times a week, but as discussions develop, you will probably log on more often (4-5 days a week) and possibly more than once per day.

Credit Options

Continuing Education Credit (CEU Credit) 4 Continuing education units (CEU credit) are available for this course. Fees A charge is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM0551).

Fees

A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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