Creative Teaching



Ideas for using social media with your students

1. Socialisation

Social media can help our students get to know each other and their tutors better transforming learning into a more personalised experience and start feeling part of a learning community much quicker which is really important and has shown to increase motivation, commitment and engagement. We can activate the socialisation process even before students join our course, programme or unit, before they even join university, during pre-induction by setting up a social media network and invite students to join. Consider using Google +, Facebook groups which can also be closed groups with restricted access.

2. Supporting learning

The use of social media when establishing peer support network, to collaborate and co-construct meaning during a unit, course or programme can be of great help. It can be set-up by the tutor or the students themselves and include students from different years who can act as learning mentors. Defining and agreeing working practices from the outset with students will be really important and lay the foundations for the appropriate, responsible and respectful use of social media. Consider using Google +, Facebook or Twitter to establish a learning support network.

3. Authentic learning

Social media can be an excellent way to engage students in authentic experiential learning. As students will be able to join professional networks and/or connect with professionals, companies, organisations and a plethora of current information streams, they will develop and refine their understanding of the world of work and practices through experiencing this in a dynamic and authentic way that will help them construct meaning in a social context and therefore enrich their learning experience while still at university. Designing-in such activities in the curriculum will be of value and connect academia with the world of work. Consider using Twitter or LinkedIn with your students for such activities.

4. Learning through making

Using in the learning process to foster learning through making is an excellent way to engage deeply in the learning process. Students will be able to use their curiosity and imagination in creative ways to make learning objects that capture the process and the product of learning in a variety of formats that can easily be shared with peers, tutors and the wider community. Too often teachers prepare resources for their students. This approach will turn such practices on its head and enable students to become makers and active contributors. Students could use their own pocket and other mobile technologies to create digital artefacts individually and with others and share these via social media channels. The introduction of social media portfolios to bring students' assessed and non-assessed media-rich work and creations together in one place should be considered.

The Learning and Research Technologies team have captured some case studies of social network use in teaching around MMU

Lis Parcell has collected case studies of using social media for student engagement from other universities.

This video about Digital Footprint from CommonSense Media emphasises that students must learn to think carefully before posting and sharing (YouTube video link, opens in new page)




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."