Social media is a hot topic and its potential for supporting learning within higher education settings is no exception. I had the chance a few weeks ago, on October 24, 2013, to co-lead a workshop at the UW DesignLab on “Social Media in the Classroom,” as part of their instructor support series, with the goal of helping faculty and instructors across campus integrate digital media assignments into their courses.

We covered trends in academic social media, social media integration into instruction and communications with students, and some of the latest tools for social media curation and management. You can find the Power Point slides here and the accompanying handout here.

Below are some resources that I collected while preparing the workshop.

AEJMC News: Tweet up with Your Colleagues (November 2012, page 8)
Businesses{Grow} blog: Case study: Using social influence to build a personal brand (October 4, 2012)
CNNMoney/Fortune: Universities are Failing at Teaching Social Media (September 26, 2012)
EdSocialMedia: Exploring Social Media in Education
Educational Marketing Group: Higher Ed Pinterest Examples and Directory (March 8, 2012)
EDUCAUSE Review Online: Overcoming Hurdles to Social Media in Education (April 1, 2013)
Edudemic: 25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education (July 28, 2012)
Impact of Social Sciences (LSE Public Policy Group blog): Social Media’s Politics of Circulation have Profound Implications for how Academic Knowledge is Discovered and Produced (July 29, 2013)
Inside Higher Ed: Grading Clout? (August 30, 2012)
Mashable: 3 User-Generated Campaigns That Got it Right (June 26, 2012) – The article mentions UW-Madison’s #UWRightNow project capturing a day in the life of the university and connecting with alumni around the world.
Mashable: 7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom (August 18, 2013)
The New York Times: Technology and the College Generation (September 27, 2013)
PCMag.Com: 21 Great Apps and Tools for Social Media (March 13, 2012)
Social Media Examiner: 14 Social Media Tools Used by Marketing Pros (September 4, 2013)
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Saving Higher Education with Social Media? (June 17, 2013)

You can find an archive of previous UW DesignLab workshops here and learn more about the project’s mission to democratize through improving digital literacies here. The UW DesignLab is located within College Library, room 2250, on the UW-Madison campus, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706.

Special thanks to Don Stanley, @3rhinomedia, for advice on designing this workshop!