Social media applications are ubiquitous, site traffic is climbing and uptake by young adults is particularly strong. Harnessing and leveraging the power of communication tools already embraced by students has become an expectation in higher education settings.
We explore how social media applications are utilised effectively for learning. We analyse how to promote academic goals and boost student engagement and examine content and ways in which interaction can be promoted.
European Conference on Social Media (ECSM) 10-11 July 2014 and Student Social Media Showcase (SSMS) 9 July 2014
Drawing on their extensive study of interactive learning environments, Dr Sue Greener and Asher Rospigliosi are organising the inaugural European Conference on Social Media.
The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, scholars and doctoral students to share examples, cases, theories, analysis and best practice in social media. ECSM expects to attract between 200 and 300 international delegates and the social media impact on learning will be one of three major streams examined over the course of the conference.
The SSMS is a one-day event to bring together higher education research students, local digital media employers, local school children, apprentices and teachers in a university environment.
Both events will help shed light on current thinking about social media applications in education and give opportunities to learn, share and create research outputs.