These days it seems like everyone is on social media. But social media has uses beyond posting selfies and videos.
It’s an exciting tool that can enhance eLearning by providing opportunities for learners all over the globe to collaborate.
Here are some popular social media sites and ideas for how to use them in your eLearning.
- Facebook– As of 2015, Facebook has over 49 billion monthly users, a number that’s grown steadily since its inception. On Facebook you can create public and private groups, message group members, organize events, and conduct private one-on-one and group conversations. It’s a great tool for enhancing eLearning since learners can collaborate with one another and the instructor outside of the eLearning content. Since so many people already have Facebook profiles, Facebook is very accessible and user-friendly.
- Youtube– The Internet’s largest collection of videos also has terrific eLearning capabilities. Anyone can upload videos to Youtube, comment on videos, respond with other videos, and subscribe to a video channel. You can easily embed videos from Youtube into your eLearning course or use Youtube to post videos for your learners. They can then comment, ask questions, or share other relevant videos.
- Audacity– Audacity is a free program that allows you to record live audio, convert tapes and records to digital, and edit your recordings. With Audacity, you can generate your own podcasts or digitize rare recordings to augment the eLearning experience. Audacity is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, so anyone can use it.
- Google– With Google Docs multiple users can view and edit documents that are automatically saved to Google and can be accessed from anywhere. Google also has Google Slides, Forms, and Sheets for making slideshows, forms, and spreadsheets in the same manner. For a fee, Google Sites users can collaborate to create web sites in a user-friendly interface, allowing teams to work without an IT Specialist or web developer. With these tools learners anywhere could work together on eLearning assignments.
- Skype– With Skype your learners can make group video or voice calls, have group chats, share files, photos, and videos, and screen share, making Skype an incredibly versatile collaborative tool for completing assignments or communicating with an instructor.
Do you have any favorite tips for using social media in eLearning?