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Building Online Community with Social Media (S17C02)

with Deborah Lemon & Rechelle Mojica
Mon, 04/10/2017 (All day) - Fri, 05/05/2017 (All day) (Pacific Time)

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Learning is, by nature, a social activity. Successful online courses are designed with this in mind. This course explores social presence, personalized learning, and collaboration in building online community. BOCSM offers a robust toolkit of tips, learning activities, and creative uses of emerging technologies. You will integrate your new materials into a final project that you will be able to use in your own courses.

Throughout the class, your course facilitators will connect with you and the other participants in a own private social network. You will use a variety of social media tools to collaborate on projects with your classmates, to interact in private discussions using voice or video communications, and to help each other as you build your social presence by integrating the separate projects into your own website.


Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
  • Facilitate an online class that promotes active learning and social presence.
  • Evaluate the role of community in effective online learning experiences.
  • Apply your experiences as a member of a social learning community to the design of your own online course.
  • Design and develop a community building learning activity with a collaborative social media tool.

Hours Required

Keep in mind this is a collaborative course, rather than a task-based course. You will need to participate in each of the short activities throughout each week.

This is a 4-week course. Course completion, including reading, online discussions, and assignments will take a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Recommended Skills

  • Basic computer skills (use of word processor, e-mail, file management
  • Basic Internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading and downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • Familiarity working with images is a plus

Technical Requirements

  • Up-to-date Mac or PC (not more than three years old) with a current operating system and current browser (Firefox for Mac users; Internet Explorer 6 or later, or Firefox, for PC users)
  • Internet connection, preferably broadband (DSL speeds)


California Public Educational Institution $65
Private or non-California Educational Institution$130

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