Social Media Disrupting Education

Social Media Disrupting Education podcast is about my own personal experience at university and how social media has changed everything for me. In this podcast, I discuss how social media could be a primary form of communication at university and how, like myself, also can be a form of procrastination, much the opposite to study itself.

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                                              ‘My Bitmoji’ made with Bitmoji

Since the explosion of social media, I feel we all align with the platforms that match our personalities, I myself love Snapchat and Instagram, however, thanks to my current unit Making Social Media I’ve found new value in Podcasting and Twitter.

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                                                     ‘My Bitmoji’ made with Bitmoji

I’ve never really thought about Podcasting as a way of sharing information, as I’ve always related podcasters with people who were experts in professional fields. I certainly didn’t have the confidence let alone the IT skills to make one myself. Until this unit, I got to learn all the tools needed to create a podcast without costing a cent plus respecting the artists.

Speaking of respecting the artist’s we learnt about how to use the creative commons licence, which is a fantastic tool! Combine it with Sound Cloud and you have a super tool, you can research music via SoundCloud and then turn your podcast from boring to wow!

Looking back at my time at university and the previous units I’ve enrolled in, that didn’t have this form of learning integrated into them. I’ve realised that I used good old social media, in a different way, it was my escape route, to browse endless entertainment and the latest news. It would sadly decrease my engagement level and self-belief to the bare minimum, it was a constant battle with myself to stay motived.

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                                                    ‘My Bitmoji’ made with Bitmoji

Until this unit Making Social Media, I’ve felt completely engaged throughout the entire unit, my grades have even increased by 20%. So, when I was researching for expert opinions I made sure to find people who would back up this theory and they were Junco, Heiberger, Loken and Vern Freedlander to find out what the secret weapon is, listen to the podcast above.

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If I knew what I know now five years ago, it probably would have made the world of difference. But that’s why I am writing this, to give you the tools you need to succeed and stay engaged throughout your degree. So, even if you don’t end up making a Podcast, I can’t recommend enough to do the following steps;

  1. Create a Twitter account
  2. Encourage your teachers, friends and classmates to do the same
  3. Create a unique hashtag for your unit
  4. Start sharing information!

That’s it! That’s all you need, its 100% true that if you don’t get out of your comfort zone you will never know what you’re capable of.

So, what are you waiting for, get excited! Download Twitter today, create a podcast and do everything that you’ve always wanted to do. Show the world what you’re made of and that social media is the way of the future. Because, after completing this unit, I truly believe integrating social media in university is the future of learning and our generation can lead the way for the next gen.

If you need some inspiration to get you started, check out the following hashtags on Twitter; #ALM101 #ALCAlumni #ComeJoinUs #IMadeSomeMedia and #Learningbydoing.

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                                            ‘My Bitmoji’ made with Bitmoji

Is your university integrating social media? Let us know in the comments below.

Published at Study Anywhere

References

Bitmoji – your own personal emoji. [online] Bitmoji.com. Available at: https://bitmoji.com [Accessed 25 May 2018].

Freedlander, V 2014, ‘THE ENGAGEMENT CRISIS’, Sound & Video Contractor, vol. 32, no. 6, p. 12.

Music: Tobu & Itro – Sunburst (CC BY 3.0)

http://youtube.com/tobuofficial

https://www.youtube.com/user/officialitro

Released by NCS https://www.youtube.com/NoCopyrightSounds

Tess, P 2013, ‘The role of social media in higher education classes (real and virtual) – A literature review’, Computers in Human Behavior. Available from: 10.1016/j.chb.2012.12.032. [23 May 2018].

5 thoughts on “Social Media Disrupting Education

  1. Can relate 100% to this statement,

    “as my escape route, to browse endless entertainment and the latest news. It would sadly decrease my engagement level and self-belief to the bare minimum, it was a constant battle with myself to stay motived”.

    Some days I delete social media apps off my phone so I do engage more and don’t waste my time browsing 🙈

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  2. You’re not completely alone in this line of thinking but you’re certainly on to something. There are negatives as well as positives but we should be focusing on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘why not.

    Thanks, I enjoyed reading this.

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  3. Love your ideas about how to use social media to help in the classroom, really great one with Twitter! Also a side note, really fantastic idea to use soundcloud for a podcast.

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  4. You’d be surprised at how many thinks you just need to take a leap of faith and jump into. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the class and are exploring a new love of social media!

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