All posts by Kate Klingensmith

Social Networking: Use-Cases for the Classroom

There is an increasing number of college professors finding success with putting social networking tools to work for them inside of the classroom.  Because many of them are free, and most students are already familiar with them, almost every experiment has been helpful in getting greater participation and academic success.  Here are examples of professors putting Facebook, Twitter, social bookmarking tools, and Wikis to use in class:
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Highlights from the 2009 Community College Survey of Student Engagement

The Center for Community College Student Engagement has released their 2009 Survey results, and the winner is….social networking.  This year, the survey focused on the importance of building relationships – among students, faculty, staff, and with the institution, itself.  What they found was that “personal connections are the unanticipated success factor – a critical variable that improves the odds of persistence.”  They are starting to see a pattern of increased engagement and persistence with what they call “Connected” colleges, or those who effectively connect with their students and encourage them to build relationships around their academic experience.
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The Classroom Backchannel: Professors love the “chatter”

Of all things Web 2.0, backchanneling technology is probably the most important for immediate engagement inside of the college classroom because it leads to increased participation, more in-depth discussion and, theoretically, greater academic success and even increased retention.  In case you aren’t completely familiar with the term, Wikipedia defines it:
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