[Air-L] Understanding Social Media

Cronin, Catherine catherine.cronin at nuigalway.ie
Wed Jun 5 10:47:15 PDT 2013

Hi Kayla and all,

Have you seen the Social Media Literacies syllabus created and shared by Howard Rheingold?

I've found Howard's resources, particularly this one, very useful when planning courses and resources lists re: social media.

I teach a 2nd year module in IT Professional Skills which includes a digital literacies/social media strand. Our course website is here: http://ct231.wordpress.com. It will not be at the same level of detail as the Masters course you are planning, but you might find the course outline and reading list helpful.

As Michael has suggested, I've found that using social media in teaching the course is the most powerful approach. I use Twitter mostly, and we have engaged in Twitter chats with bloggers (e.g. Bonnie Stewart, after studying her "6 Selves of Digital Identity" post), with academic staff at our university (discussing use of Facebook and Twitter for learning), etc. 

Kind regards,

Catherine Cronin | Academic Coordinator online IT programmes | Department of Information Technology | NUI Galway
E-mail: catherine.cronin at nuigalway.ie | Twitter: @catherinecronin | about.me/catherinecronin
MScSED and IT Online programmes: www.nuigalway.ie/ITonline

From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org [air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] on behalf of Kelly Quinn [kquinn8 at uic.edu]
Sent: 05 June 2013 18:29
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-L] Understanding Social Media

Hi Kayla,

I teach a course in social media and, like Marj, find that it is really
difficult to cover all of the related topics. I organize the course around
four 'themes': privacy, copyright, digital inclusion and political

Last semester, I used Mandiberg's Social Media Reader as a source of
foundational material--good material for a grad student course. But I also
have found it neccessary to supplement quite a bit with additional
readings. I am happy to share my syllabus off-list if it would be helpful.

Kindest regards,

Kelly Quinn

Kelly Quinn, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago

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