Social Media for Educators & Students in Hawaii

We had our first SMCEDU conference call today and are sharing with you the notes from the call, plus the audio of the call itself. If you are interested in this topic, please leave a comment and/or join our email list so we can keep you in the loop!

Our local chapter membership has grown considerably in the past few months and we now have an active “SIG” or special interest group focused on education and engaging with Hawaii’s college-level students, educators, and administrators. Globally, there has been an #SMCEDU initiative underway for two years.


On the call:

Tara Coomans, Moderator, President SMCHI
Burt Lum, Bytemarks Cafe and Windward Community College
Chuck Lasker,, developing course for Kauai Community College
Jesse Mahoney,, developing course for Kauai Community College
Julia Myers – Chaminade University Outreach
Roxanne Darling, Bare Feet Studios, SMCHI Founder
Note: All of our members can be found in the blogroll in our sidebar.


Key issues for developing a college curriculum:
– acceptable use policy
– privacy issues
– ethics

Local Courses:
Chuck & Jesse want to develop a certification track to help people get jobs in social media over at Kauai Community College. So far it is slow going. Burt is starting a Social Media class at Windward Community College this fall in the computer sciences department; tech focus. The IT department is very excited to have this new offering!

Status of Global and Local SMCEDU:
Tara shared the current status of SMCEDU: a working group for the past 2 years, 9 student chapters at local colleges, early stages of developing standards for Social Media Curricula at the college level.

Many resources are available via Social Media Club – student chapters that are already organized, professionals at various colleges who can lend support, use the main SMC site and follow the hashtag: #SMCEDU. As a local chapter, we can support EDU locally by sharing case studies, guest lecturing, use of our mailing list for those with EDU preferences, our FB page, website, etc.

We discussed open education iniitatives – podcasting courses and looking in iTunes for existing coursework for reference. (Rox mentioned that Stanford and UC Berkeley have been podcasting their entire course catalog for years; she knows of easy, affordable turnkey solutions for classroom recording.)

We agreed to collaborate on course development and delivery via sharing notes, getting support from the professional members, providing guest speakers, etc.

Goal: to create a state-wide Student Chapter of SMC so all colleges and Universities can collaborate. Jesse will add a sub-group to our FB page so we can keep each other in the loop. Julia thinks this is very doable so long as we have some leadership to keep all the students and educators informed. (Hence the Facebook sub-group coming soon!)

Tara has created a subgroup on LinkedIn for EDU discussions. This is part of our members-only area. Please let us know if you would like to know more about joining! There is a Student/Teacher rate of only $25 per year.

We agreed to have monthly calls for ongiong brainstorming and support.
Third Tuesday, 9 am.

Next Call:Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9 am. Rox will post *new* conference call info in LinkedIn. Plan on 30-60 minutes. Today’s call was completed in about 45 minutes.

You can listen to the call here:

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