Digital Citizenship, Activism, and Social Media #UDWFL


On June 30, I will moderate a session as a part of the Young African Leaders Initiative at the University of Delaware. Participants are a part of a “highly accomplished and talented group of young Africans, ages 25-35, who are in leadership positions with civic/advocacy organizations in their home countries”, as described by program coordinator Gretchen Bauer, chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at UD. My session is titled Digital Citizenship, Activism, and Social Media, and will focus on literacies for activism and civic engagement in a mobile/digital age.

I will use this blog post as a home base to share slides, links, backchannel information, and archive artifacts.

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News, Examples, and Media


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Why Open Matters recording #openeducationwk

This morning, I ran a local presentation/Google Hangouts on Air for Open Education Week at the University of Delaware. I tried my best to present what open education is, and how it should play a role in our institution. Below are the slides and the recording.


Intro to Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools Through Faculty Practices

On July 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, I’ll be moderating a workshop called “Intro to Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools Through Faculty Practices” in 010 Smith Hall. UD faculty and staff are invited to attend in person by signing-up in advance.

The purpose of this workshop is to present a bunch of different ways instructors have used free web resources to enhance their student’s learning.

I have Ustreamed the session.

I have also monitored the #smpractices hashtag on Twitter (Twapper Keeper archive available here), and I have used TitanPad for attendees to take notes.

By the way, this post will be updated regularly to add links to different resources I’ll use or produce as time goes by.

Faculty Practices

In no particular order, here’s the list of practices that might be used during the presentation:

Comment from Stéphane Gauvin, Professor of Marketing, Université Laval, about his use of Facebook as a LMS:

For me, as a teacher, it turned out to be the best environment, by a mile. More and better interaction. It may not provide the easiest way to manage some chores, though, as culling assignments and integrating graded activities is not as easy as it is in a customized [LMS]. Many students were skeptical at first. Most liked it. Some were overwhelmed by the amount of information; some were uneasy with the friends/colleagues mix. I’ll very probably use it again next year (keep in mind that this is for an eMarketing [graduate] course — my assessment is less enthusiastic for support to regular courses).

Professor Gauvin also uses Dropbox to share files and have students drop their assignments.

Still Didn’t Get Enough?

Got Something To Add To This List?

If you have used web 2.0 tools or social media in a creative way, or have discovered a practice worth sharing, let me and my readers know! Leave a comment below!

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Objects, Engagement, and Web 2.0

On Thursday June 10, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, I’ll be moderating a brand new session called “Objects, Engagement, and Web 2.0”. The audience will be composed of participants in the PEMCI conference at the University of Delaware, mostly graduate students involved in arts and humanities.


The purpose of the conference is to open their minds to the world outside of their domain of interest. As academics, we tends to be very narrowly focused on certain topics for which we become experts. But as you have all experienced in the past, experts are not always the best at communicating with regular folks… So a little training in selling yourself and your passion goes a long way!

My focus will be on establishing a presence using social media, web 2.0, and geo-location technologies.

To get started, participants are invited to skim read the articles that I have tagged with PEMCI2010 on Delicious.

I will update this page throughout the week to add links and resources. Recordings are available on my UD Workshops Ustream Channel. UD Capture videos are also available.

Personal Productivity Tools

Social Networking Tools

Enhanced Reality Tools

Content Hosting and Creation

Your Homework!

Now that I have filled your head up with all those ideas and tools, please comment on this post on what you have found shocking, useful, or which technology you are most likely to adopt in the near future!

Smart Technologies for Smart Conference Participants

I have finally set my mind on which technologies I will demonstrate at the 2010 Summer Faculty Institute (June 1, 2010, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., EDT – Live stream). My goal is not to help you use technologies to enhance a presentation, but instead to help you gather and reflect on what you are learning  as an attendee, and share and connect with others to push the discussion beyond the conference setting.

Before presenting the tools, I have to explain another very important concept called “tagging“. Adding tags to your pictures, notes, or tweets helps you and other users to filter out and find the information more efficiently. During the Summer Faculty Institute, our conference tag –also called hashtag in the Twitter world– will be sfi2010 (or #sfi2010 on Twitter, using the pound sign before the tag).


Since I only have 30 minutes to present and have participants sign-up and start using them, my focus will be on the following tools:


Evernote is a note-taking application that runs on most major operating systems (Windows, Mac), including smartphones and devices (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, iPad). You can also install a web clipper add-on to your browser to keep copies of those important articles you have found.

Evernote supports text, images, screen captures, and audio notes. It also keeps the source URL of the things you capture, so you can find them again when it’s time to write and cite.

Notes are synchronized between devices, so you can start on your computer, switch to your iPad or smartphone, and access the web interface later. You can also share notes very easily, either by copying and pasting the information in an email, sending a note directly through email, or by sharing notes with other Evernote users.

Twitter LogoTwitter

Twitter is one of the fastest-growing social media platform. Millions of tweets are sent every day, but you can pretty easily filter them down to the ones you’re interested in using simple techniques.

Twitter is not reciprocal. You do not have to be friend with someone to listen in, and the other user doesn’t have to follow you back. So some users get a lot of attention but only follow a fraction of their followers, while others follow a lot more than they get attention.

There is one catch: Twitter limits you to messages of 140 characters or less, so you really have to be precise when you use Twitter. How much information can you share with 140 characters? A lot! Especially if you insert a URL that leads to the original resource, which is what a very large proportion of tweets are all about.

After creating your account, start following the UDATS account to get timely reminders of the SFI agenda and connect with other attendees.

Be sure to install a Twitter client on your computer to really enjoy using it! My favorite one is Twhirl, but a lot of people enjoy TweetDeck as well.

Flickr LogoFlickr

You might have not realized this, but we all have many ways to take pictures right in our side pocket or on our desk. Phones, digital cameras, webcams, and scanners are some of the devices we can now use to capture a moment, an architectural detail, a very interesting poster, contact information on a poster, a computer screen, etc.

Flickr is a photo sharing site, not unlike other similar services like Photobucket or Picassa. The free account is limited to 100 MB of upload per month, but you can upgrade to a pro account and get unlimited uploads, collections, and sets.

Flickr allows you to upload pictures in many different ways, including a small client-side uploader that works very well, and through smartphones as well. You can tweak your privacy, copyright, and geo-location settings on an account level or for every different picture if you want to.

See Flickr pictures tagged with “sfi2010”


Business cards are so last-century… The Bump iPhone and Android app allows you to share contact information and more by simply hitting two phones together. You control which kind of information you want to share (e.g., work email, picture, social media profiles, mailing address, presentation files, URLs).

Contacts acquired by bumping keep the date and location of the bump and are automatically synchronized in your contact list on your phone.

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