Yesterday, I taught a class on social media applications for higher education professionals. This 2-hour class was offered through our University Business Insititute, a campus-run organization that provides training opportunities to Cal State Fullerton faculty, staff, and administrators on a variety of university business activities.
My group was small, a mix of staff and management from two of our colleges and our office of Faculty Affairs. But this actually allowed time for me to interview each attendee about their experience with using social media and what they wanted to get out of the class. Most were novices, looking to get their organizations “out there” on the social web, to better engage students and faculty. Because of this, we spent most of our time on the first half of the presentation dealing with organizational issues, and I just briefly introduced the concept of a Personal Learning Network.
Since the group is eager to continue learning and sharing ideas as well as experiences, we are setting up a Facebook Group to continue this discussion beyond the classroom. They’ve requested additional classes, including some hands-on instruction on setting up and customizing Facebook pages, so I plan to pitch those ideas to our UBI for future sessions.
This presentation explains how and why my organization, the Pollak Library, uses social media, what factors other organizations should consider if they want to get started, and how higher educational professionals can network and engage in professional development through Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).