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What is Memes

Handbook of Research on Developing Engaging Online Courses
Memes are funny images, videos, or gifs that contain text and can spread virally across the Internet, but memes can also be a beneficial tool in the classroom.
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Playful Pedagogy: Using Humor to Increase Social Interaction Online
Melissa L. McCartney (Queens University of Charlotte, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2132-8.ch013
Intentional humor used in online classes develops classroom community, creates student-faculty relationships, enhances peer-peer relationships, and increases student engagement. A learning environment with humor helps students and faculty engage with others, apart from their roles, and constructs a genuine sense of connection. When intentionally embedded into course content, humor has been seen to increase student satisfaction and motivation. When used effectively, humor reduces anxiety and a sense of threat, which helps students learn more effectively. The use of humor acts as a stress relief, which aids in cognition and long-term memory. Additionally, student perception of faculty who use humor is positive. In the online environment, humor can be embedded in a variety of technology-enhanced forms such as videotaped lectures, discussion threads, and posted as memes and gifs. This chapter reviews best practices for implementing humor into course design for online higher education.
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What Does Digital Media Allow Us to “Do” to One Another?: Economic Significance of Content and Connection
Phrases, images, videos, sound effects, songs, etc. that are copied and spread rapidly by Internet users—typically without regard for whether the message or intended meaning is clear or not.
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