Discovery Exercise – Social Media


Social media can help you reach beyond the walls of brick and mortar. Social media can enhance engagement, expand participation opportunities, and increase the authenticity of learning experiences.

Option 1: Connect with Others via Social Media

  1. If you have not already selected a Social Media tool or resource to explore, go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page, select the appropriate module, and then a Social Media tool by choosing Social Media in the Category field. Create an account if you do not already have one.
  2. Log in and explore the user interface of your selected tool.
  3. Set up your user profile. Remember to read and pay close attention to privacy settings (consider your Digital Identity).
  4. Find others to connect with (e.g., friends, family, colleagues or reach father to follow authorities in your fields of interests).
  5. Post a message on your selected platform and take a screenshot. If you prefer to keep your personal information private, you may use graphic editing software to blur out this information.
  6. Embed the screenshot into your ePortfolio.
  7. Reflect on your existing social media habits and how this tool might impact your life (e.g., school, work, etc.).
    • What are advantages and disadvantages to participating and engaging in conversations happening on social media?
  8. If you are enrolled in the MOOC, remember to return to “Activities and Discussion Prompt” to complete that Module. Here is a link back to #EmTechMOOC in Coursera.

Option 2: Explore Uses of Social Media

  1. If you have not already selected a Social Media tool or resource to explore, go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page, select the appropriate module, and then a Social Media tool or resource by choosing Social Media in the Category field.
  2. Find examples of how professionals in a field use social media in their careers. This may be faculty using social media in the classroom, researchers engaging with peers or others.
  3. Find an article (e.g., news, magazine, journal, etc.) that discusses the use or dangers of social media.
  4. Embed the article you found as an artifact in your ePortfolio.
  5. Reflect on what you have discovered.
    • How would engaging in social media impact you in your own setting based on what you have found?
    • Do you have any existing social media habits that are related to the information you found?
    • What are the most significant concerns you have? Do the advantages outweigh these concerns?
  6. If you are enrolled in the MOOC, remember to return to “Activities and Discussion Prompt” to complete that Module. Here is a link back to #EmTechMOOC in Coursera.