Calls: Media frenzy party for Academic Innovators – Thursday 21 June

Calling all Academic Innovators! Do you have any examples of good practice which could be included in three new MELSIG toolkits we are developing on Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes; Flipped Active & Blended learning; Social Media for Learning? Join in by holding a Media Frenzy party on 21 June or at a time to suit you. Open badges will be issued to any contributors!

Upcoming Event: MELSIG – Enhancing Practice with Digital and Social Media, 21 June

Join us at the next MELSIG event (21 June at Sheffield Hallam University) to explore how media-enhanced learning approaches can be used to stimulate student learning and engagement. Together, we will learn by using our knowledge, imagination and curiosity to co-construct three online toolkits: Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes, Social Media for Learning, and Digital Media for Flipped Active & Blended (FAB) Learning – digital video and digital stories. Limited places available – book now!

Sowing seeds for a Bumper Harvest: An example of students as co-creators

  #SocMedHE16 – The Empowered Learner? Kerry Sorby, Maria Parks, Jess Olsen-Wells and Josh Makuch (York St John University) share the experiences of both staff and students involved in a project developing programme led media platforms to encourage staff and students to engage with social media together. Considering the benefits, challenges and opportunities, they evaluate the impact…

WeLearn: the application of WeChat to empower social learning during a year abroad

#SocMedHE16 – The Empowered Learner?

Duo Luan (University of Wales) and Simon Horrocks (Open University) consider the benefits and challenges of using social media to support students during a year abroad, for language and other programmes. Discussing the implications for social learning design which may be transferable into other contexts where students and staff in higher education are part of distributed learning communities, using research and examples from a WeChat group established to support students undertaking a year of study in China in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Digital Socialisation in Social Work education: Bridging the knowledge gaps

#SocMedHE16 – The Empowered Learner?

Amanda Taylor (University of Central Lancashire) provides an overview of a current research project which aims to investigate how technologies are being exploited within social work education for the digital socialisation of student social workers in preparation for practice. How equipped do students feel on qualification to navigate a practice landscape that is embroiled, shaped and influenced by the technological age?

Empowering student learning through the development of a social media community

#SocMedHE16 – The Empowered Learner?

Dr Thomas Lancaster (Staffordshire University) discusses the use of social media to develop an empowered community of students looking to enhance their learning beyond that of their peers. A student hackathon social media community formed at a UK university during the 2015-2016 academic year is used to provide illustrative examples.

Social media as a critical future learning space

#SocMedHE16 – The Empowered Learner?

Andrew Middleton (Head of Academic Practice and Learning Innovation) positions social media as a critical component of a new connected and hybrid learning space in which personal and personalised media establish a platform of self-defined learning space in which learning and teaching takes new forms. Considering alternative user-driven, learner-centred spaces, as well as changing behaviours in more conventional spaces.