Using Social Media to Engage Students and Humanize Online Teaching

Online Workshop
Online Teaching Program series at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), UBC.

Students, and everyone for that matter, are more accustomed to the world of social media than ever before. An average student spends about 2 hours a day on social media sites (Perrin and Jiang, 2018). So, it would be an effective tool to incorporate it into our teaching strategies.
How can we leverage social media to engage our students? In this workshop, we will review the structure of various social media and discuss how we are using social media to connect with students across a wide range of courses for resource sharing and peer learning.
In order to better understand how our students interact with our digital content, we will also share analytics from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

In addition to exploring some of the benefits of social media, we will also look at some of its downsides: privacy concerns and general criticisms. We will conclude by identifying how we can address these issues when we are ready to adopt social media in our teaching.


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