EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies

Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann
Tuition and Registration
EDUC 650 960 July 6 - July 31, 2015

Explore effective ways to use social media to connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces, to communicate with parents, and for personal professional development. Learn how to use social networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other personal learning networks.

Who should enroll?

Designed for elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers, school library media specialists, special education teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and 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. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.


A free e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

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

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from from or ISTE.


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. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may 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...

"The instructor had a true passion for the subject material, and allowed us to draw our own conclusions on what we discovered. Also, the instructor knew the subject backwards and forwards."

“In looking at my PLN, it is amazing where I was 4 weeks 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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Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693


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