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Enhancing Business Education with Social Networking and Wikis MBEA 2009 Convention Thompsonsville, MI Connecting the Pieces of the Puzzle By Eileen M. Dittmar, PhD
Presentation Outline Description of Web 1, 2, 3 technologies Easy-to-use examples for collaborative writing Tutorials and ideas for course integration Tips to enhance instructor knowledge Q and A
What is Web 1, 2, 3? Web (original; first) = read only Web 2.0 = read/write with interaction features Web 3.0 = Connectivity between databases and devices; personalized web; cloud computing Brief Description of Web 1, 2, 3
Business education is the best curricula for using wikis, social networking, social bookmarking, MUVEs, blogging, podcasting, RSS feeds, and tags Integrates technology and communication standards Enhances collaborative communication with wikis and social networking Why?
Grab bag of Web tools & more Documents for you at This presentation Social Networks and Wikis Class Activities BMMT Teacher Social Network and Wiki Instructions and More Privacy Settings Social Network and Wiki Tutorial with screenshots Dittmar Web Tools
Class Activities Give a 10 min lecture briefly describing the professional way to sign up to belong to a social networks and wikis. Additional short lectures can include details such as Elaborate privacy settings and their importance (provide a handout of settings). Guide communication strategies relevant to social networks and wikis. Describe the difference between personal and professional.
Assign a critical thinking composition. Ask students to explore three social networking sites. Give some questions to answer; such as, What is the purpose? Why would a person or company want to join? Suggest the use screenshots when appropriate. Explore and Synthesize what is X and how does it work? Include a company view and an individual view of the benefits. Example websites are: Facebook, MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn, and Plaxo. Leave an open door for your students to find one other network of their choice. Class Activities
Have a social network and a wiki setup for sharing the findings. After each student has their study and composition, have a page in a wiki for collaboration to bring together these findings. This could be done in groups of four or five with the goal to combine their findings. Another way would be for each page to be devoted to a technology and all ideas about that technology are posted on each page with a leader and co leader. Class Activities
Your social network and wiki can be used for other educational activities. For example, you could ask each student to setup his/her page in your social network. You could ask for some journaling (i.e. describe the journey to learn the technology). Class Activities
A wiki is a good place for instruction about writing. Examples are resume or cv and employment communications. Students can peer review in a wiki; therefore, communications of any type can be taught and practiced in a wiki (i.e. letter types, complaint, answering a complaint, etc.). As you are using the wiki and social network for your students, more ideas will emerge to be best practices for your students use of the sites. Class Activities
Prepare an assignment for your students to compare and contrast the features of social network sites. Perhaps give a series of situations and ask students to choose which networking site would be best for situation. Example situations: Planning an event to promote in the community. Marketing yourself to employers. Class Activities
Setup your own network and create a project for your students to complete in your network. Examples: travel, job hunting, planning an event. Provide instruction for creating the compositions on the Profile page of social networks. Ask students to critique other Profiles. Create a rubric of criteria for the Profile. Students could draft their Profiles in your wiki and collaborate to improve them to meet the criteria before approving them as ready to post in the social network site. (See the April edition of NBEA Keying In). Class Activities
Building Technology Skills Provide URLs for your students in your wiki; use Backflip and/or Delicious. When a URL is common for all, students can get to the URL from any computer at home, school, or work. Permit the practices for your course to build student technology user skills relevant in todays workplace. Class Activities
Teacher Use Ideas Place your syllabus in your wiki, link to other wikis, such as one for each course you teach; provide in a wiki links to your students wikis or your students pages inside your wiki. Class Activities
Get a jump start on Web 3 Cloud Generator from Text Add Wordle.net to your writing improvement/communication skill training Overuse of words is evident with the cloud
Tips to enhance instructor knowledge Practice in experimental wiki and social network. A wiki of curriculum resources Tips for developing learning activities to be completed in a wiki at
Tips to enhance instructor knowledge Wiki Social network Blog
Q and A Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Thank you for attending! Description of Web 1, 2, 3 technologies Easy-to-use examples for collaborative writing Tutorials and ideas for course integration Tips to enhance instructor knowledge Q and A