Social Media Class at JDCC
In the social media class that I teach at Jefferson Davis Community College, students are learning how to use different social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook Pages, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and blogs.
This is an online class and students were required to communicate with me and other students in the class using social media tools. The primary mode of communication throughout the semester was Twitter. It was interesting responding to students’ questions in 140 characters or less. If the explanation required more than 140 characters, they were usually referred to a demonstration video. On a few occasions we relied on email.
Learning Management System – Blackboard
Class assignments were set up in Blackboard. Blackboard was used for class announcements and for recording grades.
Students were required to read assignments and communicate with each other using Twitter. Students completed projects such as creating a Facebook Page and designing the cover using PowerPoint. Students learned to create a LinkedIn Profile. They learned the importance of building their professional network. Students learned to connect with people who shared their interests using Google+. Hangouts are a feature of Google+ that I hope to develop more in the next class.
Students have reported that they have enjoyed the class. There have been a few frustrating moments. Probably the most difficult for most students was setting up their first blog. But by the time they got to their first blog project, students felt comfortable asking for help from each other as they had been required to tweet each other throughout the semester. Students had to move beyond the initial fear of writing and the fear of everyone being able to see their writing assignments.
Probably the easiest and by far the most fun was Pinterest. There was some frustration when students discovered they had to receive an invitation before opening a Pinterest account. Students are learning how they can use Pinterest to drive traffic to their website and to engage customers.
Social Media Etiquette
Social media etiquette has been a big part of the class. Students are learning how to build a positive web presence that can be an asset to them when looking for the perfect job. They are developing strong social media skills that will be one more asset to help them find good jobs or help them to advance in their current jobs. Many varied jobs require strong social media skills. The class helps students to build a portfolio to show off their social media skills to potential employers.
Create Videos and Post to YouTube
At the end of the semester, students created videos and posted to YouTube. Students then posted their videos to their blogs and shared across multiple social media platforms.
Would you be Interested in Learning More about Social Media?
You may be interested in taking the social media class beginning August 13,2012, through Jefferson Davis Community College. I will teach the class both online and on campus. For more details about the class, check our webpage at Jefferson Davis Community College or give me at call at 251-809-1671.
I plan to share a few of my students’ video assignments on my website and other social media platforms.
Nora is one of the students in my social media class. Her video is entitled The Algebra Gift: Can You Guess What is in the Box? Check out her video below.
You may also be interested in reading:
The Algebra Gift (Nora Coxwell)
The Role of Social Media in the Community College (Charles Davis III)
Muskegon Community College Social Media Class Article (Christopher VanOosterhout)