Applications and Theory of Educational Social Software
In this panel discussion we overview the emerging pedagogy and applications of social software for use in distance and blended education contexts. The panel begins (Terry Anderson) with an overview of social software highlighting its capacity to enhance social presence and motivation among learners. Terry will also present data from a pilot comparison study of the use of blogs as compared to threaded discussion to facilitate socially enhance learning. George Siemens (U of M) will then overview the compelling pedagogy known as connectivism, that drives the application of these tools in both formal and non-formal education contexts. He will also discuss the use of social software tools for on-campus learners at the University of Manitoba Finally, Dave Courmier (UPEI) will present the use of webcasts as a tool to build emergent training communities.
Each of the presenters has a distinguished history in innovation and leadership in College, university and training sectors and will share both theoretical and practical experiences The presentations will be followed by opportunity for the audience to participate by relating their experiences, concerns and problems using social software to enhance their educational programming.
Presentation 16:15 May 15th.