#SocMedHE16: The Empowered Learner?

#SocMedHE16 : The Empowered Learner? built upon #SocMedHE15’s Finding our social identity theme where we established our common interest in developing our understanding of social media for learning in HE.

We are (at last) in the process of compiling resources from #SocMedHE16 for inclusion on this site. These will include video and audio recordings of those sessions we have, and the outputs of the Key-Not session. Thank you for your patience.

The original call:
With social media, we have an array of simple and powerful tools that help us think creatively and critically about learner empowerment. It is time for us to better understand the potential of social media to change the learning experience of students and academics in higher education. Are we empowering students by adopting and adapting social, open, mobile and networked learning and media? How critically are we shaping the opportunity that is emerging? How sure are we that the social, open and networked space, with all of the autonomy it suggests, is good for our students?

The HE sector needs to be able to address these questions, and others, before the place for social media in higher education learning is clear. The social media for learning landscape is vibrant and remains full of possibilities. Only together will we begin to reliably develop its potential.

 Indicative themes for research, case studies or discussion pieces included:

  • Autonomous development and ownership of learning experience
  • Making connections and becoming networked, communities of practice
  • Applying personal experience in a professional sphere
  • Becoming digitally capable in a social world
  • Being informed and in control of your digital identity
  • The student-teacher relationship
  • Authentic learning experiences
  • The evolution of curriculum design
  • Change agents, scaling up and moving beyond the cottage industry

Programme of papers