E-Learning and Instructional Support (ELIS)
E-Learning and Instructional Support (ELIS) Address

e-Cornucopia Conference: Teaching with Social Media
Thursday June 10, 2010
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Oakland Room in the Oakland Center at Oakland University

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Social media sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, and Skype, have seen phenomenal growth in the past few years. These technologies would seem to mesh well with social constructivist theory that individuals construct knowledge, meaning, and learning through group interactions. Online discussion boards have contributed successfully to courses in higher education since the mid 1990s due to their perceived anonymity, their ability to allow for students to share their work for peer review, and their collaborative nature which motivates participation. Learning management systems offer many constructivist activities like discussion boards, chat, wikis, etc., but freely available social media may also be integrated with a learning management system to extend its capabilities.

This conference will demonstrate a cornucopia of social media tools, show participants how to set up and navigate the tools, and give examples of how faculty have successfully used them in higher education courses. There will be two tracks—one offered by instructional technologists from e-Learning and Instructional Support at Oakland University about how to operate certain social networking sites and the other track by faculty about specific courses employing social media. Designed for faculty, instructional technologists, academic administrators, and students who are interested in social media and higher education, we welcome participants from Oakland University and those from other businesses and educational institutions.

• Continental breakfast & lunch will be provided.
• Participants will be allowed guest access on the campus' wireless internet
• If you are unable to attend, you may register to attend virtually via Elluminate.
• Only those attending in person will be eligible for door prizes.
• Registration is FREE

Funding provided by Sloan-C through the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC). Oakland University is a Sloan-C Regional Center that promotes the improvement of online learning and teaching.