Online Educational Symposium Series

Rethinking the Classroom: Social Media Transforms Education

By IGI Global on Mar 26, 2013
IGI Global's Online Symposium Series Features Professor Edward DixonSocial Media has become elemental in the communication of today's society. Typically thought of as an interruption in the classroom, this month's edition of IGI Global's Online Symposium Series will discuss a different approach to social media. On Thursday, April 4 at 2:00 EST, featured speaker Professor Edward Dixon of the University of Pennsylvania will outline and explore different uses and approaches to social media, specifically how to use it as a tool in conjunction with teaching online language courses. This presentation is based on Professor Dixon's recent article in the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), entitled “Building a Model for Online Distance Courses Through Social Media and Networks.”

This presentation will discuss applications and strategies for evaluating social media in an educational context, as well as teaching in an online environment with distinct and separate learning spaces. Professor Dixon will introduce new possibilities for language learning through emerging technologies, referencing his recent experience in teaching an online German language course.

Professor Dixon was featured in a recent interview with IGI Global on his research in distance learning and social media. Follow the link to access the Interview with Edward Dixon: First-Hand Insight for Online Learning. His research was also featured in the article Trading Textbooks for Facebook? Social Media and Distance Education, which also allows viewers complimentary access to his article featured in the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE).

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