Creative Teaching




Social Media for social learning and teaching

Social media are digital technologies that are based on user participation and sharing. They are also called Web 2.0 tools or participatory media and are available over the internet. Social media can be accessed on desk- or laptop devices but also via smart pocket devices such as mobile phones and tablets via mobile applications. Many of us use them widely in our personal lives to stay in touch with others but also share information, experiences, ideas and creations. Examples include Facebook, YouTube or Flickr.

This video from CommonCraft explains the social media concept in plain English (YouTube video link, opens in new page)

Social Media for social learning and teaching

The overall vision is that personalisation, collaboration and informalisation (informal learning) will be at the core of learning in the future.

(Redecker et al. 2011, 9) )

Social media is enabling more social learning. Its pan-participatory nature fits well with active learning models we want to promote and enable to foster personalised and collaborative learning. Active and participatory learning empowers learners and place them in the driving seat of their own learning. Social media can complement face-to-face, blended and fully-online provision and create opportunities for meaningful engagement and learning that has the potential to create learning networks and communities that stretch beyond a specific group of learners or cohorts and connect our students with wider academic and professional communities and networks.





Read the MMU Social Media Policy


CPD Opportunities

Suggested CPD activities:

Engage with the resources about and reflect on what you have discovered and learnt.

Develop your ideas around by considering actions you can take to enhance your practice.

Consider using a portfolio to capture your reflections and share with others.

flex You might want to consider engaging with these activities and gaining CPD experience or academic credits with the FLEX scheme »

MMU Strategy and Policy

Manchester Met Education Strategy and Learning and Teaching Principles

Principle 1: "We will provide an excellent learning environment and outstanding student experience"

Principle 2:
"MMU provides an innovative, flexible, sustainable, enterprising and internationalised curriculum."