Using Social Media for Professional Development

Knowing how to effectively use social media is a desired skill set for those who work in online education.

Using social media tools one can:

  • Build an online identity that has credibility & presence.
  • Leverage the social web for academic and professional purposes.
  • Engage in online social networking for professional development purposes.
  • Contribute to the online discourse in your field.
  • Publish original works.
  • Connect and network with experts in the field.
  • Keep up-to-date on changes in technology and what is known about how to use it well for instructional purposes.
  • Keep current on research regarding how people can teach and learn well online.
  • Develop and participate in an online community of practice for those who share an interest in online and technology enhanced instruction.
  • Learn to navigate the social web safely, so that one can guide/mentor others (students and peers).

Resources

Twitter?

Complete Guide to Twitter Hashtags

Top 20 hashtags in EducationThe Best 100 Education Hashtags

Moving Discussion to Twitter

20 Excellent Education Groups in Facebook

12 ways to use social media for education

Using Facebook to enrich the online classroom

Social Media for Learning

The ultimate guide to easily make instructional videos

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