EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies

Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit
Not offered Fall 2016 or Spring 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

You Will Learn

Effective ways to use social media networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and other personal learning networks for

  • connecting communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces
  • communicating with parents
  • personal professional development.

Who Should Enroll

  • Elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers
  • School library media specialists
  • Special education teachers
  • Guidance counselors
  • School administrators
  • Support staff at all levels
Prerequisite: A basic understanding of how to sign up for accounts using web-based tools and a willingness to explore social media instructional strategies.


Social media strategies for professional development, global collaborative initiatives, learning community development and collaborations. Digital citizenship and learning outcomes and assessment using social media.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Enroll in this course for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university


Purchase the e-textbook from and download to your computer or Kindle.

Levinson, M. (2010). From fear to Facebook: One school’s journey. ISTE: Eugene, OR. ISBN-13: 978-1564842701


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Advocate and model safe, legal, and ethical use of social media.

  2. Evaluate a variety of social media tools for professional or classroom use and develop learning applications.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of collaboration and communication strategies using social media with other professionals, community partners, or parents.

  4. Critically analyze connected classroom projects and professional development opportunities conducted via social media.

  5. Develop an assessment tool for evaluating social media for classroom or professional applications.

  6. Develop an action plan demonstrating ethical and effective application of social media for communication, professional development, assessment of learning, learning communities, experiential learning or integration in the curriculum.

Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 4 and 5

No travel to campus is required. 

Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. 

All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. 

Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.

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Our Students Say...

“I can honestly say that I learned a lot more than I expected for a 1 credit course. I had a baseline understanding of social media before, but I feel more equipped now to incorporate new ways of doing things into my courses.

I am so happy this course introduced me to My alternative education students will absolutely love the concept of making online posters and using their creativity and energy for productive endeavors. This class has been a challenge and a blessing; it’s my favorite class so far at UW-Stout.”
~Jonathan Krahn, Hudson, Wisconsin

"The instructor had a true passion for the subject material and knew the subject backwards and forwards."

“In looking at my PLN, it is amazing where I was a month ago compared to today. While I am by no means even close to being proficient in using many of the social media tools we have learned about in the past 4 weeks, the exposure I have gained has proved valuable in so many ways already. "
~ Roger Foegen, District Administrator in the Bangor WI School District


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Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693


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