Reaching the Community: Utilizing Social Media to Extend Instruction Beyond the Classroom

Authors: Tracy Edwards*, Frostburg State University
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: Geography Education, Technology, Social Media
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Social Media has infiltrated our personal and professional lives, and dramatically altered the potentials of classroom instruction and traditional social interaction. Though challenging standard classroom dynamics, the intentional incorporation of modern technology-based pedagogical instruction, evaluation, and participation methods (such as public submission, meme development, video commentaries, etc.) can improve student understanding and overall interest / engagement with course topics. Social media and technology can be used to move learning beyond the classroom, enabling students to interact with broader audiences while simultaneously encouraging a dynamic, interactive classroom. Social media allows students and faculty opportunities to broaden outreach efforts beyond the classroom and into the community, and provide first-hand experience with Participatory-Action Research. This poster presents a synopsis of social media-based instruction, evaluation, and participation instruments utilized in Introductory Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Sustainability Studies courses over the past year – with analysis of the overall effectiveness of these methods to promote learning, critical thinking, and effective outreach beyond the classroom and into the community.

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