Social Media for Academic Purposes

Tuesday, March 09 | 3:00PM–3:50PM | Room 551
Session Type: Professional Development
This session will describe how Facebook and a visually designed website were used to engage students in a psychology course. It will detail a successful student-driven role-play activity where students posed as a prominent psychoanalyst and used the FB applications to demonstrate a critical understanding of a psychoanalytical perspective. The friends network, the book review software, and FB notes are only a few of the tools that were used to apply psychoanalytic theory to modern-day events, publications, and people. The course website's instructional design, visuals, and Flash elements will also be described. These digital teaching strategies can be applied to courses across the curriculum.


  • Kimberly Hall

    Manager, Harvard University
  • Eileen McBride

    Lecturer in Psychology, Emerson College