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August 30, 2021 - 2:09 pm

Hello everyone! My name is Suha Gangopadhyay (pronouns: she/her) and I am in my 2nd year in the CITE program. I have previously been ac academic administrator in a university in India, and also taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Feminist Practice and Sociology, as well as created curriculum for online courses on socio-emotional learning catering to adult learning. My current research focus lies in the intersection of online learning, teacher education, gender roles and international comparative education. I am getting a PhD to understand the experiences and lives of remote and online teachers better, and equip them with the digital literacy required for creating an effective virtual learning environment. The two topics that I am most interested in are Social Network Sites and Learning, and Facilitating Learning with Social Media. By the end of this course, I am hoping to understand how social media can be effectively integrated with pedagogy and also equipped with social media literacy to reach and connect with remote students better.

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September 9, 2021 - 1:04 pm

Hi Suha,
It’s great to learn more about you, and I really enjoyed interviewing you in class! You wrote that you are interested in: “how social media can be effectively integrated with pedagogy and also equipped with social media literacy to reach and connect with remote students better.” We will be covering both of these topics in this class. There are several studies about how social media can be integrated with pedagogy, especially in higher education with fewer studies in K-12 education. As far as the social media literacies that students (and teachers) need to develop, that is still a nascent area for research. I advise, Sarah Galvin, a PhD student in our EPET program, and she is looking at how teachers conceive of writing on social media and how they think about the ‘new literacies’ students need to develop. There are several papers I can point you to related to ‘digital literacy’ and ‘media literacy’ and ‘new literacies’ related to social media. Many of them target students, but there is also a growing base of literature on how teachers can use social media to learn better, especially in times of crisis, like the rapid switch to teaching online during the pandemic. When I start the supplemental readings page, I’ll pull a number of articles on these topics to fit your interest. And yes, we’ll be addressing literacies and teaching with social media in the class’s required readings as well. It is so great to have you in the course!

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