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SXSWedu 2015

Plunging the Perils & Pearls of a Social Classroom

Early writing on social media in education branded the technologies as distractions that pulled students’ attention away from learning. As social media evolves, so has our understanding of how they bring students closer to peers, instructors, course material, and careers. Our panel brings scholars from communication, psychology, information systems, and education administration to share bleeding-edge research and pedagogy that leverages the perils and pearls of social media in the classroom.

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  1. Provide an orientation to the basics of social media pedagogy, plunging the roots of the earliest hopes and fears to show how some (such as distraction) have been discounted while others (privacy, cyberbulling and context collapse) have emerged.
  2. Present the results of published and in-progress research on the theory and practice of social media pedagogy, explaining and demonstrating the media psychology and information technology behind successful instructional social media implementation.
  3. Demonstrate field-tested “ideas worth stealing” that give tangible examples of successful social media pedagogy. Here, attendees are also encouraged to share their own experiences (good and bad) with panelists for further discussion and feedback.



Nicholas Bowman, Assistant Professor, Research Associate, West Virginia University

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Social & Mobile Learning
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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