University professors hear a lot of commencement speeches. But one I heard this weekend was unlike any other I've ever experienced.
By combining the power of digital media, passion for philanthropy, and mobile technology, graduating students at Queens University of Charlotte helped the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation give away $100,000 on the spot during their commencement speech. The experiment was the brainchild of graduation speaker Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of Knight Foundation.
As a professor who studies digital media, many people often ask me how I stay current in the field. Studying social media and digital media can be a tricky business in that new things are always being added to the market and new strategies proliferate for employing tools that exist.
In my practice, staying current is about three different components: Keeping up with the newest developments, experimenting with digital tools, and innovating in the classroom.
Keeping up with the latest tools
In April 2011, Kyle Christie, a media relations assistant at the University of Sheffield, was writing in The Guardian about the use of social media to publicize academic research focusing on examples coming mainly from his workplace and belonging usually to sciences.
As pressures increase in the UK to make the higher education system more profitable as well as produce and publicize high-quality research and with international impact, the discussion about whether social media can or should be used by researchers is ever so current.
If you're like me, your friends on Facebook have been talking about the election.
I'm friends with supporters of President Obama and Governor Romney, and even a few who are advocating for Governor Johnson. But, I've been surprised by the variety of Facebook arguments that I've witnessed in the weeks leading up to the election. Most are heated debates championed by friends of friends who write passionately and with varying levels of grammatical prowess.
The following post was written by Ana Adi
Several years ago when Birmigham City University launched their Social Media MA many asked, including myself, whether such a specialization would be necessary. However, since then we witnessed the emergence of jobs such as “social media manager”, “user experience designer” or “marked research data miner” so it seems only fit that higher education tries to address digital and social media more in depth dedicating it entire master’s programs.
Since Social Media Club started this project in 2009, we've seen some change in the way social media is perceived by universities in terms of its usefulness. The conversation has slowly turned from "Why?" to "How?"
With the "re-launch" of #SMEDU, it seems like a good time to assess how various higher education institutions are using social media. While goals vary between different campuses and departments, the same observations of social media's potential for greater engagement, sense of community, and storytelling are recited.
A quick look at social media initiatives at different schools brings up these examples:
As summer fades away, higher education institutions begin their fall sessions and the SMC Education project ramps up. We welcome 10 returning members from our board of advisors who will be blogging here on the SMC Education Blog. They are seasoned social media professionals from both the academic and business sectors. Look for more information about them in coming posts.
This year we also are supporting both SMC Student chapters (run by students with a faculty adviser) and SMC Education chapters (run by faculty, staff and administration.) If you are interested in starting a Student or Education chapter, send an email to Terry here @SocialMediaClub.org.
Today is final day of the Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference. This conference has been five days of virtual keynotes and sessions from around the world. It has been delivered through a combination of Mighty Bell and Blackboard Collaborate. Congratulations to Steve Hargadon and other conference organizers, supporters, and presenters as they have already surpassed 5,000 logins this week. The conference is free to attend. The sessions are recorded and available for viewing after delivery. You can learn more about the Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference here and find today’s schedule here.
The conference is put on as part of the "Connected Educator" month