Issue 2 | Social Media | 

Tips, Tricks, and Teaching Hacks You Can Use Right Now


Considering the Place of Social Media in Online Education

(from TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast)
File Under: Beyond the Basics

What value is there in "opening up" online courses beyond the LMS with social media? How can you better support your faculty in integrating social media?

Resource: "Think along" with other online ed leaders re: social media

Usage Suggestions

  • Model appropriate social media integration in faculty development programs

  • Promote educationally meaningful social media strategies to online teaching faculty)

  • Offer hands-on social media practice in faculty development programs


Social Networking for Community-Building

(from UCF's Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching)
File Under: Beyond the Basics

How can you better engage students where they are (outside the LMS)? How can social media help??

Resource: Hear/see strategies that work from other teaching faculty.

Usage Suggestions

  • Reflect upon your own professional/personal use of social media

  • Review resource links for concrete strategies to try with students
  • Consult an instructional designer to integrate social media meaningfully

Dig Deeper


Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices book by Dr. Tanya Joosten
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Social media-related online teaching practices from the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR)
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Strategies for mitigating FERPA concerns when using non-institutional technologies.
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"Researching Social Media" from the WCET "Frontiers" blog
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Cavanagh, T. and Thompson, K. (Hosts). (2016, July 5). It's more about the social than the media [Episode 15]. TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast. Retrieved from

Vie, S. and Seigler, D. (2014, October 14). Creating accessible content in the online course environment. Invited session within UCF's Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching. University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning, Orlando, FL. Retrieved from

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