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FUN AND EFFECTIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN NURSING INSTRUCTION

Dr. Siri Anderson, Director of Online Learning, St. Catherine University ssanderson2@stkate.edu @SiriSensei https://www.facebook.com/ATISocialMedia#

OUTCOMES FOR ATTENDEES:

Nurses will identify benefits to student outcomes, and improvements to their own efficiency, that could develop through intentional integration of social media. Nurses will choose one new tool to adopt for the following semester as a means to improve their efficacy as teachers and nurses. Nurses will connect with others interested in building capacity in their use of social media and exchange relevant contact information.
OUTLINE:

Social media use in higher education should lead to improvements that matter increased student outcomes, more efficient course management, or increased program opportunities. If what you are doing is not creating meaningful improvements, change!
HOW DOES SOCIAL MEDIA IMPROVE, EXPAND, OR DEEPEN STUDENT OUTCOMES?

1) Extends learning time/time on task 2) Increases available content/resources, diversifies the medium of communication, and affords significant expansion in opportunities for repetition/practice 3) Encourages appropriate differentiation a. Students with writing disabilities can speak to text b. Students with reading weaknesses, or who are ELL, can have content read to them c. Students who struggle with organization can use digital tools to keep organized d. Students who need repeated exposure can get that easily e. Students who need additional support can collaborate with others at a distance 4) Fosters sincere engagement naturally when assignments shared digitally are used for authentic purposes 5) Creates capacity to incorporate public good/service into learning 6) Expands opportunities and means of providing feedback to students and instructors

Presentation Notes for ATI National Nurse Educator Summit, April 2014, Orlando

Dr. Siri Anderson

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA INCREASES TEACHER EFFICIENCY AND EFFICACY

1) When students actively engage in new learning at an appropriate level of challenge, teachers are free to do what is necessary to help those needing additional guidance/ support/feedback. 2) Teachers with a well-curated digital library of resources don't need to reinvent the wheel, since content, rehearsal activities, extension opportunities, etc., can be drawn from existing (free) online content. 3) Streamlined communication processes reduce wasted effortand increase the efficacy of efforts made. 4) Collaboration with other faculty/professionals and students reduces overall workload in some areas of instruction.
HOW DOES SOCIAL MEDIA FOSTER STUDENTS CAPACITY TO THINK CRITICALLY?

Social media use will happen regardless of our choice to use it instructionally or not. Do we want a chance to shape the way our students think about their social media use or do we want them to figure out on their own? Begin with what students know and do. Help them to problematize from their lived experiences. Require students to seek additional perspectives and build community.
SHIFT TO THINKING OF SOCIAL MEDIA A SOCIAL GOOD

Students use devices as an extension of themselves--just as they might use a prosthetic device. They may not see their online and physical selves as separate. Faculty members who similarly recognize social media as an intuitive expansion of their reach (rather than an intrusion) can better harness the kinetic potential in the Internet for student learning and, potentially, for improved community health and well-being. Keep in mind that tools (hammers, stethoscopes, pencils) provide assistance to help us do well what is otherwise difficult to do. If we hold it right, social media works similarly.
WE KNOW THAT NURSES
benefit when patients have more knowledge. recognize the value of connecting to others.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP IF WE THINK


about social media as a pathway to needed information. online social networks provide emotional/psychological benefits to adept users. online tools can help people operate successfully around their reduced functionalityproviding memory, organization, problem solving supports. information held digitally can be easily repeated and shared.

...work with patients who have reduced functionality.

communicate the same information repeatedly.

Presentation Notes for ATI National Nurse Educator Summit, April 2014, Orlando

Dr. Siri Anderson