Digital Fluency, Online Communication, History and American Studies: One Department’s Engagement with Social Media & Pedagogy

This will be a panel discussion of our department’s engagement with social media and digital literacy. Topics for discussions will include:

Discussions of blogging with AMST & History classes.

Discussion of the way the three of us contribute to the department blog as a way of communicating with our students and the larger community (including alumni and prospective students), including our basic use of UMWBlogs, Twitter, Linked-In, and Facebook.

We want to engage with the audience in a discussion of how digital fluency (both in terms of consumption and production) plays an increasingly significant role as a critical skill for our department.

Fostering Connections in Business Communities through Social Networking

Social networking is a part of most students’ personal and professional lives. This presentation showcases an online learning community fostering connections between students, academia, industry experts, and business partners. Discussion focuses on the role of social networks in business and the value of personal brand creation in business communities.

Finding Their Own Way: Student Digital History Projects

In this panel, 3-4 students from the Adventures in Digital History Senior Seminar will discuss the process by which they developed and created group digital history projects on Civil War Fredericksburg, the James Monroe Papers, and Mary Ball Washington.  They’ll also discuss how such free-form assignments fit into their liberal arts experience.

TED@UMW

This presentation discusses our experiences with TED.com @ UMW a first-year seminar based on the wildly popular TED site.  We will discuss the role of social media, the integration of UMW Blogs, our experiences with linked FSEMs, and the applicability of TED as a site for teaching and learning.

‘We Were All A-twitter’: Micro-Blogging at UMW

Long before twitter jumped the Oprah-shark, UMW embraced micro-blogging and never looked back. In this presentation, I will talk about a few of the ways twitter has been used on campus to supplement class discussion, prompt cross-campus debate, and keep us all up to date.