By now, we are all aware of how social media is changing the way we communicate with each other. Social media has made it easier for us to connect with people both close to us, businesses we have an interest in and not least people across the world. And now, we also begin to see how the education industry is joining the game.
We are beginning to see lectures in the form of online videos and podcasts, as well as using Skype, Twitter and Facebook as platforms to discuss and share materials from the classroom. Potential students are also beginning to send video “pitches” through YouTube as substitutes for traditional college essays. In addition, Skype is being used to improve language skills by communicating with foreigners through internet calls. Thus, the web plays a big part in facilitating the future of learning.
In Singapore Management University (SMU), a collaborative online wiki is used to help students learn through peer learning, interviews and web research. The wiki has been on for several years now and the content gets richer and more up-to-date. This is stated on the blog of Penn Olson, where I also found the infographic showing how social media is changing the education industry. Check out the infographic here: