Teaching with Social Media to Empower Students and Give Courage to Faculty: A Civic Engagement Class Example

Next week, I travel to Toronto, Canada to present on a panel entitled “Utilizing technology to enhance and improve the learning experience.” The panel is being convened by the Teaching Section of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

This presentation will be similar to those I have delivered in previous workshops on the use of social media in teaching. There will be two important differences in this presentation: (1) I provide more theoretical, philosophical, and instrumental rationales for the use of social media in teaching, and (2) The presentation is grounded in examples from an online civic engagement class. Additionally, I classify the examples using a framework being developed for an article that will (hopefully) be published in a symposium issue of the Journal of Public Affairs Education on social media and student empowerment.

Download the presentation here. I welcome your questions or comments.

Published by Prof. dr. Thomas Bryer

Dr. Thomas Bryer is professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, Fulbright Scholar and Specialist, Professor at Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) and Visiting Professor Edge Hill University (United Kingdom).

One thought on “Teaching with Social Media to Empower Students and Give Courage to Faculty: A Civic Engagement Class Example

  1. You’ve apparently had better luck with Second Life than I did. However, I tried it years ago, and it continuously crashed my computer. With the better computers we have now a days, maybe I’ll give it a try again.

    Also, a question about the academic title vs. views on social media. I wonder if you might find a correlation using either age or years of teaching as opposed to title. I know you had little data, but I couldn’t see any sort of correlation based on the data you had.

    Finally, a question about your Concerns slide. Is there any way to break out as a separate slide what types of Ethical Concerns the respondents had?

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