How to Effectively Use Social Media In Learning

Apr 6, 2020 by

Social media is more than an effective way to communicate with loved ones as it is being used by people for a variety of purposes like to market a business or products, look for a job and most importantly ‘to learn online’. Social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are exclusively used to take a break for day to day boring routine and professional tasks. But it is progressively being leveraged as an effective learning tool, especially for tech-savvy students. Social media is getting popular not only in eLearning but in the traditional learning environment and classrooms as well. The advantages of social media in education are myriad, and educators cannot afford to overlook. 

Effective use of social media sites and tools offer multiple-level communication, boost student collaboration, learning materials in different formats and reduce classroom time. Go through the article to learn how social media can be effectively used in learning and education by both students and teachers.

Immediate access to educators and learning materials

The traditional method of gaining knowledge and getting learning materials has experienced an incredible 360 turn. Both students and educators cannot deny the value social media brings into education and learning. While teaching on a one-on-one basis is considered as an ideal way to deliver lectures and lessons, social media can do the same in the best way to a wider audience at the same time. Students can attend online classes from various online university websites, and then they can discuss the concepts over different social media channels. For instance, LinkedIn is the number one professional social media platform across the globe, students can join relevant LinkedIn groups to discuss their subjects and lessons effectively with professional educators and teachers. Moreover, students can also export LinkedIn contacts of educators so they can reach them directly to learn different subjects and lessons. YouTube is also considered as the most effective video platform allow individuals to express their opinions and thoughts on different subjects.

Maintaining Relationships between students and teachers

As people use social media sites to build and maintain relationships, it could also be used by students and teachers to maintain strong relationships for effective learning. It can accomplish different communication needs and requirements. They can stay in touch with each other in a convenient manner by using different social media sites. Moreover, both teachers and students can join social media communities to learn about the culture and traditions of different states and countries.

Social Media Pages to broadcast the latest updates and alerts

As Facebook allows its users to create pages, they could be a perfect way to incorporate into the traditional classroom. Schools, colleges, educators and teachers can create their own pages to broadcast updates and alerts for students to keep them up to date by reaching them via their social feeds. Social pages can also be used to share assignments, examination updates and other useful information students must be aware of. In this way, students can get every single update on their social profiles. Moreover, they can also comment on different posts published on the pages in order to learn more about a topic, subject, update or assignment, etc.

Assign social media posts as essays

As most of the social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn offer long-form posts, educators can assign students social media posts as essays. Teachers can ask students to write and publish essays, articles or other papers as social media posts on their personal profiles. It provides students with an opportunity to access their assignments and essays on their own social profiles whenever they want. Social media networks support different languages these days, so people can use their native languages to write essays and other educational papers assigned by the teachers or educational institutes.

Collaborative Learning

In this digital world, learning never stops at school or in a traditional learning environment even students can use social media to access educational content and learning materials in different formats like text, infographics, videos, and eBooks, etc. Moreover, they can create/join groups related to their courses and subjects to leverage collaborative learning. Teachers can create social communities for their students to provide them with informative videos on their subjects, eBooks, articles and help them out when stuck on a subject, problem or concept. Communication has become convenient and effortless because time and location are no longer are barriers. Both teachers and students can contact each other whenever they want. They can discuss their issues and problems on social media posts and can also create chat groups to improve teamwork and to get things done efficiently.

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