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
"Time to Get Creative with Your Cell Phone Camera"
SMC Assam, in its continuous endeavor of non-profit events ranging from 1st Assam Photo Walk to Earth Day Tree Plantation 2012 (in association with Regional Science Centre, Guwahati, Assam), is launching a Mobile Photography Contest 2012 starting this 19th August in accordance with the World Photography Day.
Mobile Photography Contest 2012 by SMC Assam is open to all Indian citizens. One can practically participate from anywhere. Just click pics with your cell phone camera and send us the entries at: firstname.lastname@example.org