It’s okay not to know
You don’t have to know everything — you have to be willing to figure things out and teach your students how to do this. We’re in an age where we need to be okay saying, “You know, I don’t have an answer for this question. Let’s go figure it out together.”
Because the knowledge they’re learning in the classroom will be outdated by the time they graduate. So, what they need to learn is to have the skills, the ability to figure things out on their own.
Using social media to teach is not the future, it is now.
Learning outside the classroom
If higher ed professors don’t see the trend, don’t try to catch up, I think the relevance of traditional higher education is going to be decreasing sharply. Higher education is so expensive. If you can learn from industry experts through social media at a much lower cost, why not?
Those alternative learning platforms and certifications are gaining more and more credibility — they’re actually competing with the traditional education space. This shareability leads to visibility, which enhances employability. Students need to understand that, and teachers need to facilitate that.
There are so many ideas for how you can bring learning outside the classroom. I believe in a classroom without walls. That is the power of digital tools and social media, to break down the systems and the physical barriers that separate and limit learning.
My personal favorite is live streaming on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube™. When you go live, you aren’t just disseminating information, you’re co-creating content with your audience. And you’re fostering peer-to-peer interactions as people in your audience engage with one another. Professionals and students from other classes can join you, and students can watch the replay and share the content with others.
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