Episode 15: It’s More About the Social than the Media

About Episode 15:

Everyone has an opinion about the role of social media in education. In this episode hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson are joined by guest Dr. Tanya Joosten, author of Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices, as they consider the place of social media in online education.

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5 Comments on "Episode 15: It’s More About the Social than the Media"

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Timothy McKean
Thanks for sharing guys. This is an important discussion. The whole idea that formal education and “social” are not compatible is ridiculous. If one imagines a picture of the effective classroom, the students and teachers are interacting. Being social. And I will echo the student perspective that was cited in the episode saying, the number one thing that makes an effective online course for me is the amount of interaction with the professor.. and I’m glad that you qualified that, saying it’s not necessarily the quality of interaction, but really the amount. In traditional face-to-face, on-ground classrooms professors are good… Read more »
Timothy McKean
Second post. 🙂 Not 10 minutes after listening to the recent episode I came across this article (yes, on twitter) about the five ingredients of the “secret sauce” of engagement in online learning. Interesting that one of the five key ingredients specified was “relationships and community.” AKA social interaction. Here’s the quote: “The fourth element of the secret sauce is building relationships and community. Students aren’t alone in the classroom and they shouldn’t be alone when they’re online either.” Frequent, easy, informal interaction between learners and with the professor is not an add-on or a gimmick. It’s part of learning,… Read more »
Kelvin Thompson

Thanks much for the substantive comments, Tim!

Personally, I love the “secret sauce” metaphor. We need that to be a poorly kept secret, so we all need to do our part to spread the word. 🙂

We really appreciate your engagement. Please keep it coming!


Ed Garay
Outstanding content, as always, from you folks. My experience evangelizing about and actually using social networking for Teaching & Learning purposes matches Tanya’s findings and everything the three of you agree on. It is no coincidence that socializing/interacting in a couple of Kelvin’s & UCF’s BlendKit MOOCs on Becoming a Blended Learning Designers was what I liked the most about the courses. Over the years, I have used Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Skype, Facetime, etc and other environments to provide multiple avenues of engagements with my students, both asynchronous and in real or almost real-time. Most learners like it. They like… Read more »
Kelvin Thompson

I love your practical examples of student engagement via social media, Ed!

Thanks so much for sharing and please keep the dialogue going as you continue listening!