Web 2.0 Technologies

In Discussion 3, we discussed social media as it relates to distance education. We were asked to identify a social media that we found helpful and that we would consider. There were several types of social media that were introduced in this discussion that’s relative to the course.

Social media is an importance aspect of distance education as it is the primary means of communication in most instances. The demand for social media in distance education is relatively high, without it there is limited to no connectivity. With the introduction of Twitter, Facebook, Skype, etc., social media has been the primary source of communication for many individuals in today’s society, making it hard to ignore.

According to the Blog “100 Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom” I found some of the examples interesting. The suggestions that I found of interest are as follows:

(1)   Join twitter to follow professional scholars, this gives students the opportunity to follow information that these scholars post such as articles and journals related to the student’s class.

(2)   Connect through Skype, this gives professors, students and classmates the opportunity to communication with each other at a distance without physically being in the same room. They could set up a time to meet and connect at a click of a button. I find this option of interest.

(3)   Recruiting guest speakers, this is a good idea, in another course that I’m taking there has been a few guest speakers. The professor would have a specific time (ex: few days) for the guest speaker to visit the course, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback during the time the speaker is available.

In week 3 discussion, we also discussed the OER movement and its impact on distance education. The class was asked to review Tony Bates blog “ The good, the bad and the ugly”. This blog presented the advantages and disadvantages of open content. Bates made some very important points in his blog, he mentioned that open content alone will not help in an open learning environment. This is very true, even though I rely heavily on open content it will not assist in open learning. To be successful in distance education it takes a lot of communication between professors and students. However, the open content that is available she be used accordingly and students should apply it in their education.

(2010). 100 Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom. Retrieved from, http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/05/100-inspiring-ways-to-use-social-media-in-the-classroom

Bates, T., (2011). OERs: The good, the bad and the ugly. Retrieved from, http://www.tonybates.ca/2011/02/06/oers-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

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