About the Course


EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education is an open access graduate course from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This course is available to both for-credit and non-credit participants. It features openly available, live, and recorded presentations from notable educators & theorists. It is anticipated that the open nature of this course will benefit all participants, especially in the fostering and development of long-term, authentic, educational connections.

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Course Overview:

In the last few years, the world of educational technology has changed significantly. Many new tools that allow for easy communication and collaboration (e.g., Web 2.0 tools, free & open source software) have emerged and we are witnessing unique educational and social events. Blogging has become a world-wide phenomenon. Collaborative websites like Wikipedia have emerged to challenge our assumptions and beliefs about the nature of knowledge and the processes of knowledge creation. Video-sharing sites like Youtube have changed the way individuals share their voices and experiences, and sites like these have become outlets for political, cultural, and educational conversations.

The goals of this course follow. Participants will:
  • better understand the historical role technology and media have played in educational & social change;
  • become knowledgeable of social learning tools & FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) as tools for teaching, facilitating learning, & designing educational environments;
  • become familiar with the wealth of open educational resources (OERs), learning-related content, & media available for teaching & learning;
  • become knowledgeable of relevant social learning theories and philosophies that respond to learning in the digital age;
  • better understand the many social, educational, political, cultural, and administrative issues often associated with technology & media in education and society;
  • become critical consumers and producers of digital media and information; and,
  • build sustainable, personal learning environments and networks.

Facilitation Approach:

Course participation will include synchronous sessions, asynchronous activities and one-to-one communication with your instructor.

Synchronous ("Live") Sessions:
Participants will have the opportunity of meeting weekly via web-conferencing. We will be using Elluminate for our web-conferencing tool. Synchronous sessions will take place Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan Time).

Asynchronous ("Individual") Activities:
A significant portion of the course learning will happen outside of the scheduled, synchronous sessions. Participants will gain experience in social learning processes such as: writing reflective blog posts, commenting on participant blogs, reading and commenting on educational blogs from outside of the course, microblogging, reading and exploring other educational technology and learning-focused media, exploring social learning tools, and creating educational media.

One-To-One Sessions:
If you are a registered student, one-to-one sessions can be arranged with your course instructor. These sessions will be available throughout the semester to deal with any confusion or questions that students have about the course content or processes. These can be mediated through instant messaging, Skype, web-conferencing, chat, telephone, or face-to-face sessions (where/when possible).