What do QQ, QZone and WeChat have in common?
Alongside Sina Weibo, Renren, PengYou and 51.com, these are a glimpse of the social media of China
I'm keen to learn more about cross-cultural diversity in social media and applications to tertiary education.
On Wednesday, 12 August, a group of staff from the University of Waikato will meet with visitors from Zhejiang University City College and Hebei University of Science and technology. We will meet to exchange ideas about the use of social media in tertiary contexts in our own countries and across international boundaries.
There are dangers related to privacy and professional reputation, when students and teachers use social media. There are also great benefits, including:
- extending learning beyond the classroom
- marketing professional skills
- sustaining professional development and lifelong learning.
As we meet during this lunchtime, as part of our regular brown bag lunch session, I hope we'll share, compare and contrast our ideas about social media, and consider:
- How is social media used in our countries and within our respective cultural contexts?
- How is social media used in educational contexts?
- In what ways might social media be used to expand your own professional online presence and learning network?
- In what ways might social media be used for teaching and learning purposes with your students?
We hope our visiting colleagues might compare the likes of Sina Weibo with Twitter, in preparation for our upcoming special issue in eLearning and Digital Media.
We welcome these international contributions.
Wednesday 12 August
Seminar Room, University Lodge (ULS)
144 Knighton Road
I hope to share an update on my learning in my next post.