Scaffolds not handcuffs: Bringing Social Media into the Instructional Design Mix
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This paper presents an outline of 10 design principles that will be used to frame a case study examining the use and design of education experiences that incorporate social media tools. Educational designers have begun to adopt some of the newest digital literacy technologies and several are becoming mainstream (Hovorka & Rees, 2009) such as assessment and use of tools for social networking, online collaborations, and media sharing. However, there is much confusion around how and for what purposes social media should be incorporated into educational designs (EdMedia, 2012). The results of this practitioner review are a conceptualization of best practices using social media tools to deliver higher education. In theory, social media tools can be used to support the personalization and learner-to-learner interactions. In practice, social media tools have particular strengths in being able to provide discourse, collaboration, and connections outside the classroom.