Connie Yowell speaks at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning

Connie Yowell speaks at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning: “Livestream capture of Connie Yowell, Director of Education at the MacArthur Foundation, speaking at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning on February 12, 2014 at NestGSV in Silicon Valley. Yowell discusses transformations in learning and education and the possibilities afforded by Open Badges.”

How we ruin social networks, Facebook specifically

How we ruin social networks, Facebook specifically 

A search for “Facebook” on Google Scholar alone now produces 3.7 million results; “Physics” only returns 4.7 million.

But in terms of presence, Facebook is flopping around a bit now. The ever-important “teens” despise it, and it’s not the runaway success, happy addiction, or awe-inspiring source of information it once was. We’ve curated our identities so hard and had enough experiences with unforeseen online conflict that Facebook can now feel more isolating than absorbing. But what we are dissatisfied with is what Facebook has been, not what it is becoming.”

Social Media for Teaching and Learning – Social Media Survey 2013

Social Media for Teaching and Learning – Social Media Survey 2013: Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson conducted a survey of nearly 8,000 faculty members in higher education to find out more about how faculty are using social media. Results include:

  • The level of personal use of social media among faculty (70.3 percent) mirrors that of the general population
  • 55 percent of faculty use social media in a professional context (any aspect of their profession outside of teaching), up from 44.7 percent last year
  • Only 41 percent of faculty use social media in the classroom, but this use continues to experience steady year-to-year growth
  • Faculty are sophisticated consumers of social media. They match different sites to their varying personal, professional, and teaching needs
  • Concerns remain about privacy, maintaining the class as a private space for free and open discussion, and the integrity of student submissions
  • Most faculty agree that “the interactive nature of online and mobile technologies create better learning environments” and that digital communication has increased communication with students
  • Faculty believe that online and mobile technologies can be distracting, and that they have resulted in longer working hours and more stress

Infographic of results