Social media are websites that allow you to publish content online in a variety of formats. They are used to communicate and to engage with other users through text, images, videos and sound files. Examples include:
⦿ Writing and/or commenting on blogs
⦿ Creating and/or uploading and commenting on YouTube and Vimeo
⦿ Chatting, commenting and uploading visual content on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp groups, Instagram, Snapchat etc
⦿ Sharing your own and/or collaborating with others on academic research and online projects, eg on Edu or on Wikipedia.
Social media are made for collaboration, creativity and community building, activities that support good teaching and learning practice.
Social media are used to overcome distance between collaborators.
Social media encourage users to become creators of content and knowledge.
Social Media help bridge formal and informal learning.
Because of their collaborative nature, social media can prove very useful for learning, teaching and research.
With social media you can:
⦿ organise and share research papers & references
⦿ hone your / your students’ writing skills with a regular blog
⦿ create and/or engage with your online community of practice and much more!
Using facebook groups for study support – LSE Innovator Meena Kotecha
Using blogs for group work as part of assessment – LSE Innovator Connson Locke coming soon
Using twitter as part of immersive learning exercise – LSE Innovator Lourdes Sosa
Social Media Guidelines from LSE Comms http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/communications/socialMedia/Social-Media.aspx
The report deals with a section on social media technology that enable 3 educationally relevant perspectives for social media, crowd-sourcing, online identity and social networking.
Information Seeking, Information Sharing, and going mobile: Three bridges to informal learning, Mills, Knezek, Khaddage, Computers in Human Behaviour, March 2014
Sharing our Lives online – risks and exposure in social media, David R. Brake, Palgrave 2014
The culture of Connectivity – a critical history of social media, Jose van Dijk UOP 2013
Media, society, world – social theory and digital media practice, Nick Couldry, Polity Press 2012
There are thousands of social media applications which makes it difficult to recommend any one tool. Facebook, Twitter,blogs, YouTube, Wikipedia, and LinkedIn are the best-known examples of social media, each of which serve a slightly different purpose, focus and even demographic, although they overlap with each other substantially.
Facebook connects friends and family https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-facebook-3486391 (updated October 2016)
Twitter is a user-curated news channel http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Twitter
Blogs can be used for reflective opinion pieces and journalism-style articles. The LSE blogs service uses the WordPress platform. See our page on blogging for more information.
Wikipedia is an online user-generated knowledge collection project. It self-describes on this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About
LinkedIn is used for self-publicising professional skills and professional networking. On the usefulness or otherwise of linkedIn: https://www.thebalance.com/is-linkedin-a-waste-of-time-2062320
YouTube is a video uploading platform. It has its own Education channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3yA8nDwraeOfnYfBWun83g/about
We recommend you build up your ‘digital literacy’, ie your understanding of what social media are and what functions they serve so that you can make informed choices on your own and in the future. A first step is to book on any of the social media/ digital literacy workshops offered by LTI/ library (for staff & research students).