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THANK YOU FOR TEXTING: Using mobile technologies & social media as learning tools.
Start Date: 10/3/2013Start Time: 12:45 PM
End Date: 10/3/2013End Time: 2:15 PM
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Event Description
The growing use of technology during class by students is a concern for many college instructors, who view mobile technology and, especially, mobile access to social media as a classroom distraction. While the personal use of smartphones during class can certainly be distracting, the reality is that smartphones and the access they offer to a vast array of apps are here to stay and are very much a part of every student’s daily rituals.

THANK YOU FOR TEXTING: Using mobile technologies and social media as learning tools the Fall 2013 Globus Presentation and Discussion will discuss ways of employing these technologies as learning tools so that students can complete assignments by using the very technology that is a part of their everyday life. Social media can also serve as active and inclusive tools in the classroom, especially for students who may hesitate to participate in conventional ways. Students can also rethink their use of mobile and social media technologies and can learn to utilize them for task-completion, media-integrated assignment preparation and in-class communication and participation. In this workshop, our aim is to re-think the role of mobile and social media tools in the classroom and to suggest a number of ways in which these technologies can be effectively integrated into the instructional model. The workshop will also facilitate dialogue between faculty and students about their expectations of the role technology can play in the classroom.

Ekin Yasin is a lecturer at the Communications Department at the University of Washington. She has previously taught courses in the fields of digital media, media history and international communication at Baruch College and at New York University, where she is a dissertation level Ph.D. candidate in Media, Culture and Communication.

In 2008, Yasin co-founded a food-based social networking website, Gourmates.com and organized and promoted various food events all around New York. Her academic research interests are three-fold: the use of digital media by transnational religious groups; the visual culture of tumors, in particular the mediation and mediatization of cancer tumors and the communication of scientific research on cancer; and teaching and learning. In the latter area of research and practice, Professor Yasin works to devise novel ways of integrating both cross-cultural perspectives and new media technologies into the classroom.

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by emailing communication.studies@baruch.cuny.edu
Location Information:
Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Ave
Room: Room 8-210
Contact Information:
Name: Nigel Philip
Phone: 646 312-3720
Email: communication.studies@baruch.cuny.edu
Ekin Yasin
Schools/Departments:
  • Communication Studies
  • Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

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