Have a special interest? Want to get more involved in Social Media? Here’s how you do it…

In one of my graduate school courses, we are studying the theories and practices of social media. We’ve been looking at social media in terms of the following:

        • social media and the self
        • netizenry
        • participatory culture
        • Social media and labour: the precariat

Each student in my class was assigned to work on a multimedia project regarding one of these terms. I chose to look at participatory culture, but in a different way than how it was presented in my coursework. In the coursework, the examples given were those related to the netizen and the precariat, showing how political movements or social movements started as part of a participatory culture, and then there would be a segueway into a political action, much like how Facebook and Twitter were being used for the political revolutions in the Middle East in early 2011. For me, I decided to choose a different route, something that was truly more of a cultural change.

I see the mobile learning revolution as just that–a revolution. Interested e-learning and m-learning professionals are mobilizing through social media to bring the concept of making changes in how m-learning is presented on smartphones, e-readers and tablet computers to make learning concepts even more learner-friendly than ever before. Current thought among this group is that now is the time to take advantage of making changes in instructional design as well as formatting to use these devices to their fullest potential. So, many ideas are being shared, and the “movement” is growing.

Since I am a person who has been getting more deeply involved due to my own personal interest, I chose to use this idea for my social media class project, and demonstrate how I became part of this particular participatory culture. Below is my presentation:


(If you can’t see this presentation, you can also go here to see it.)

Hope you like it! Please comment below and let me know what you think.

About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently consults for Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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