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Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication

textbook coverAccording to the author, the world did not need another introductory text in mass communication. But the world did need another kind of introductory text in mass communication, and that is how Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication was birthed.
 

https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2601

Includes Question Bank.

The Beginner's Guide to Social Media

textbook coverFrom the introduction:

Welcome to The Beginner's Guide to Social Media! Whether you're new to social media or just looking to close a few knowledge gaps, we're glad you stopped by. By now, we've all heard how valuable—even essential—social media can be. Whether your current sentiment leans more toward enthusiasm or trepidation, there's no way around the fact that social media is a far more complex field than it first seems. Diving in without a sense for what it's like can be overwhelming, and building a network that provides real value takes both savvy and hard work, but fear not—we're here to help! We hope you'll find this to be one of the most comprehensive social media resources available, and that no matter what your skill level is, there's plenty in here to help you improve your social presence. What are we waiting for? Let's dive in!

Available at: https://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-social-media

Print PDF here: http://d2eeipcrcdle6.cloudfront.net/guides/beginners_guide_to_social_media.pdf

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

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Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

Jon Dron, Athabasca University

Terry Anderson, Athabasca University

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

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CC BY-NC-ND

From the Open Textbook Library

In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another's expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners.

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