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July 1, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

How college professors can use social media and web 2.0

There are a number of social media tools that university professors can leverage in and out of their classroom. Many teachers are using facebook groups to communicate outside the classroom. In addition, another option is the free social network Ning, which allows teachers or anyone for that matter to create a social network in under 2 minutes. Ning allows you to create groups and have a discussion forum and students can have their own blogs. (I believe a teacher in Auburn University’s PR department has created a ning network which has transformed her classroom by tearing down the walls a bit)

Teachers may prefer to publish their syllabus and perhaps daily inspiration in a blog or wiki format to create and out of classroom component to the education process. Further, they can save their favorite websites on delicious and diigo which allows you to use virtual post-it notes for collaboration.

Professors are also concerned with publication. You can post publications on a WordPress blog and/or post them on Scribd. In fact, at least one book publisher is selectively publishing chapters of books on Scirbd as a method of marketing. In addition, any content that teachers want to post online via scribd, a wiki, or a WordPress blog. Here, a public relations teacher at Georgia has opened up her knowledge base and established thought leadership on Teaching If the professor is more auditory they may prefer to post in a one or two minute podcast. Finally, university professors may post power point presentations on

They will likely want to keep track of all of their digital lives by using a life streaming tool like Friendfeed and An entire other topic of conversation of interest to professors is the creation of e-portfolios for students during school and to enable them to create a porfolio and personal brand afterwards. Finally, looking into Google tools like Google docs, Google spreadsheets, and Google scholar could be extremely helpful for teachers and learners at almost any level.

What are your favorite web2.0 tools that would be useful to college professors? I also suggest looking at this 10 things Journalism professors are doing with social media by Mashable. Also, the horizon report, which I just profiled is quite impressive in terms of individual technologies and useful websites.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jul 2 2009 4:55 pm

    This requires a log in, but it discusses e-portfolios in higher education:


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