EDTC 650 Social Media in Education

(3-0-3) Today's personal, social, academic, political, and economic worlds are all affected by digital media and networked public domains. This course is organized around the broad question of what educators should know about the way digital media are reshaping society in and out of classrooms. This course introduces students to both the literature about and direct experience of these new literacies: research foundations and practical methods to control attention, attitudes and tools necessary for critical consumption of information, best practices of individual digital participation and collective participatory culture, the use of collaborative media and methodologies, and the application of network know-how to life online. Skills and knowledge gained from the course will enable students to make decisions about appropriate content and activities using social media as educators and instructional designers in P-12, higher education and corporate environments as well as other professional settings.