How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Social Media in the Classroom

Social media has a growing presence in our daily lives, but is often unwelcome or under-utilized in the classroom. Faculty have valid concerns about the pedagogical uses or logistical pitfalls of using social media in teaching, from concerns about privacy and plagiarism, to assessment and negotiating the learning curve of new technologies. Despite these challenges, many faculty members have found social media to be an effective pedagogical tool. Moreover, many faculty members have expressed interest in effectively integrating social media into their classes, but want more information about how to negotiate the process.

Join us as one UofL faculty member in communication shares the whys and ways of her adventures with integrating social media into her classes. In the session, you will hear the benefits and challenges of using social media in the classroom, consider how to forefront your teaching goals, see examples of the use of social media for teaching and learning, and suggest how you might use social media in your own courses.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Describe some of the benefits and challenges of using social media in the classroom;
  • List pedagogical uses of social media in higher education; and
  • Consider how you might use social media in your courses.

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Presenter Bio

Karen Freberg, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in strategic communications at the University of Louisville. Freberg teaches courses in strategic communications, social media, and crisis communications at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to this teaching experience, Freberg has presented at several U.S. and international research conferences, including ones in the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and China.

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