Beyond Facebook: Evaluating the Instructional Potential of Private Social Networks in Mobile Learning Context
Instructional use of social media has increased significantly over the past three years, but it has also generated concerns among instructors regarding student privacy, data ownership, and profit-driven content filtering. This presentation critically evaluates such concerns, and considers an alternative that has emerged over the last two years: private social netwoks (PSNs). Born after smartphones have come to prominence, PSNs offer a means to increase student engagement in mobile learning. The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview and evaluation supported by a semester-long, real-world case study of this emerging alternative, including solutions from EveryMe, GlassBoard, and Kibits.
* Identify main concern areas in instructional use of leading social networks
* Understand the functional definition of PSN as an emerging category
* Be familiar with several new software "platforms" in this category (for example, GlassBoard, EveryMe, Kibits)
* Experience mobile clients for these software PSN "platforms" on popular hardware (iPhone, iPad)
* Be able to use a comparative evaluation matrix to assess instructional potential of such software
Director - Academic Technology, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison