Academia and Teaching

Six Ways to Use Social Media in Education




Faculty and students routinely use Facebook, Twitter and other social media in their personal lives, so how might those same tools be put to academic use? 


Click here some uses of social media for teaching and learning that I’ve been following.


Leaning Out



A very interesting article by Alice Dreger who is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She has written for The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

"I intentionally lean out of my career. A lot. I do this because there are only 24 hours in a day, and when I ask myself, If I died tomorrow, what would I want people to remember me for? it isn’t anything I’ve published, any TV appearance I’ve made, or anything like that...I’d like my son to remember that, almost every morning, I snuggled with him for 15 minutes before we finally got up together" Click here to read the article.



Replacing Textbooks with Nonfiction Scientific Novels



I thought that the use of a nonfiction book with more of a narrative would bring the course material to life. Well, I am happy to say that I was not wrong!  The use of a nonfiction book has encouraged students to read about the topics discussed during lectures, improved discussion participation, and has simply made the class more fun not only for students, but also for me. Click here to read the rest of this post.


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