Universidad Complutense de Madrid (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Page: 349 (abstract only)
ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8
ISSN: 2340-1079
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Using today's social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter) may be an excellent way to engage student in their education because students are already engaged in these sites. The teacher may also make use of having an account. Moreover the students could just follow the teacher's instructions with a specific account faster. Using for example Twitter, the teacher could also post links and videos to the students. Teachers just like any other group of professionals, are always looking for a place where they can connect with others that are in the same field. Facebook Group are on line spaces where people can interact, share and collaborate with others. Use Facebook Groups to provide students with on-demand and mobile learning opportunities. Engage students in a discussion, for example if it is assigned two students to lead a discussion, these students post the relevant reading materials and puts down a description on their plan for the discussion. Students engage in the discussion before the face to face class. Also it can allow to the student to easily post and view video clips and pictures. The students can find materials that they can easily relate to. Moreover networking sites allow for posting and sharing information with the ability to include notes and upload videos and pictures. Equally important is to bring the learning environment to students’ social space. It increases accessibility and breaks down false boundaries.
Currently in the new framework of university education and to teach our subjects in the area of Toxicology in the different Grades we believe they can be very useful tools that can attract students' curiosity whenever there are privacy control measures. We must also believe in the responsibility of the student in the university. Anyway if you use networking pages or groups to interact with your students, do not forget to customize your privacy settings to reflect the amount of information you want to share with the students. You can also set an example of safe behavior being careful when sharing content online.