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Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education
News from U.S. News & World Report:
Results from one survey suggest online instructors are more likely than on-campus instructors to use social media for both personal and professional reasons.
In his University of Hawaii online course, Introduction to e-Learning, associate professor Michael Menchaca requires his students to introduce themselves to each other by creating 15-second videos on Instagram.
Later in the semester, students “meet” to discuss their group projects using Google Hangouts. Twitter is popular in his classes, too, enabling students to share resources and engage in discussions, Menchaca says.
These are just two examples of the social media tools Menchaca uses to foster communication among his students.
“We’ve had online learning for quite a long time – since the 1990s, when it started to become popular – but the inclusion of social media is something that’s relatively new,” Menchaca says. “A lot of us are starting to use it more. I guess we’re still tinkering around and trying things.”
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Arizona among national leaders in online education
News from azcentral.com:
There are nearly 50,000 students enrolled in online schools in Arizona.