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  Session: State of on-line Physics Courses & Building Online Communities of Learning
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Creating Online Communities of Learning by Using Social Media
  Meeting: 2018 Winter Meeting: San Diego, CA
  Location: N/A
  Time: 11:50AM
  Author: Andrew D. Gavrin,
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis,
3172746909, agavrin@iupui.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Since fall of 2014, I have used an academically focused social media platform in an introductory calculus-based physics class at an urban, public university. The class is taught face-to-face, but makes heavy use of a variety of technologies to promote communication and engagement. Enrollment ranges from 150-200 students, and is composed primarily of engineering majors. My primary goal for the social media platform is to facilitate student-student interactions. Overall, the project has been successful in that student use of the system is robust, and students generally rate the system quite highly. In this talk, I will introduce the system, outline the various means I have used to encourage student use, and give examples of students' work, with an emphasis on the creation of a community. In particular, I will explore uses that go beyond simple “information sharing” to include, e.g., students providing one another emotional support.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AC05 - Gavrin - WM2018.pptx

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