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Research on the Free Web Tutorial: D. Other social media tools

A zillion heads are better than one

The Borg Collective has nothing on modern social media tools.  The ways in which we can connect with each other and build something that is greater than the sum of its parts continues to grow astronomically.  Lists of social media tools abound.  Some that you might encounter through your class work include:

  • Pinterest: A content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard
  • Foursquare: Geographically based mobile app that lets you "check in" to various locations and see who else is there.
  • Digg: A social news site
  • Delicious: A social bookmarking site that allows you to save and share links.
  • LinkedIn: A professional network where you can list work experience and connect with colleagues and employers.

In this module, we've focused on your use of the social media content from the wider web.  You may also be asked to use social media to facilitate class work.  Your faculty my use features through eSpire such as a discussion board to build class content.  There may be group work areas set up so that your professor can follow a group project.

Be careful in how you use social media within the college but outside of class to do your academic work.  Faculty expect you to do your work on your own unless they've explicitly stated otherwise.  Consulting with others on a problem set, resources for a paper, etc, may seem innocuous to you, but it can be considered cheating.  Take advantage of the help available throughout the college first (Library, Academic Resource Center, Tutors, your professors) or simply ask your professor if how you are thinking of connecting with other classmates is OK or not.

 

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