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Active Learning: Using Social Media

Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences. ~Wikipedia      

Yammer was launched in 2008 as an enterprise social network; MCW has its own private site with secure, online space to foster professional communication among college, students, faculty and staff.
Course-related files can be uploaded and made available to the students in a specific group.

Using Yammer:

  • You will receive an invitation to join
  • Then create your profile—it helps to add your photo
  • Add Yammer App to your mobile device and/or desktop
  • Add course-related announcements or reminders or a topic to your posts to take advantage of the SEARCH feature and stay organized
  • Communications referred to as “yams”.
  • Your Yammer followers are similar to Facebook “friends”.

Benefits of this method:

  • Encourages collaboration
  • Accelerates informal learning
  • Provides social platform to share files, notes and comments
  • Used with Groups as public (all MCW) or private (only your course participants)
  • Use private groups to easily facilitate course discussions
  • Allows users to follow people
  • Create messages that can be read in seven seconds or less (think short!)
  • Already a comfortable tool


Need Help? Contact Diane Wilke-Zemanovic, Sue Korek, or Diane Brown at

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