Enrol in Your Own Social Media U

With other colleagues at my institution we are trying to persuade the powers that be of the benefits of social media. Sarah Perez would escalate the issue considerably into a Social Media U. She proposes eight lessons:

  1. Personal Branding: buy yourname.com to secure your brand, make a video resume, start a WordPress blog, use Google Reader, participate (comment on blogs and link to them), get on Facebook and LinkedIn, network, and more
  2. Know What Web 2.0 Is And How To Use It: learn about tagging and how other people’s opinion can shape our perception
  3. Learn To Use YouTube To Convey a Message
  4. Learn to Blog
  5. Use Social Networks
  6. Master Wikis
  7. Learn to Twitter
  8. Learn To Podcast

Well in my current class I have already mentioned lesson 1, and lesson 4 is well underway and will last through the semester. Web 2.0 will be covered as it is a series of web applications, the title of the subject. Twitter, wikis and social network applications are likely to figure in choices for practical assignments. All of my lectures are being converted to screencasts so that covers lessons 3 and 8 to a large extent.

It looks like we are well on the way to Social Media U.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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