How to Use Google+ Hangouts in Higher Education: Distance Learning With Social Media

I teach a digital media marketing class that’s about a hundred miles away from my office, so this semester I tried an alternative to traditional “distance learning.” Rather than driving on campus every week or prepare stale lectures, I utilized the power of Google+ Hangouts to facilitate half of my classes this semester. Class participation increased dramatically because students were free to chat, tweet or share their feedback without fear of being put on the spot. Every class lecture or discussion is archived and available on the YouTube Channel. More than two-thirds of my students reported improved class engagement and satisfaction from using the Google Hangout classroom. Specifically in this post, I am going to walk through the steps that will help you utilize Google Hangouts in your classroom, but the steps outlined here can also be used for any business, academic or extracurricular purpose. In case you don’t make it all the way to the end…

Teaching Technology To Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

When I received a telephone call in February of 2012 to teach a “social media” class to MBA students at University of Tennessee Chattanooga, I was both honored and terrified. I had given many 1-2 hour sessions on a variety of aspects of social media or digital from “how-to’s” to the sociological impacts of its use. I had not, however, created a curriculum for a full semester. Immediately, I knew that I did not want to teach a class on “social media.” With such an interconnected digital world, if anything, I wanted the students of this class to walk away with a broader, richer perspective of all of the moving parts of the digital communications platforms. More importantly, I wanted the students to walk out of the class knowing: A variety of tools available to facilitate conversation How to analyze any tools on their own Understand why any of the…

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