Growing up being labeled as a member of the generation of millenials, referring to those who are in the process of growing up and reaching adulthood in the 21st century that has been in an electronics-filled, increasingly online and socially-networked world, it indeed is a significant drive for technology to create change in the field of education. With this influence of technology, non-traditional assessments through the stream of social media has also been significantly implemented by many educators nowadays. For this article, I would like to share about my experience with learning through social media and finding out whether or not this modern direction is effective for us students.
With the online setting of being learning in college, the stream of Facebook has proven to be one of the most helpful in terms of connecting with my virtual classmates and colleagues. Through the formation of private groups for particular subjects for a specific trimester, there is the chance of being able to have lively discussions. Nevertheless, one of the learning through social media for me is during the time of taking my Humanities 2 subject wherein the professor is the main administrator and facilitator. Through this implementation, the class has been able to have the chance to share comments, and opinions, and suggestions separate from the platform of Myportal that is being used. Considering the limitations between personal connection of teacher and that of a student in a virtual sense, I have appreciated the professor’s reaching out through this platform especially on how we who were affected by the storm last October 2016, are doing. With the significant measure of connection given by Facebook, there is also a chance for this platform to be able to share socially relevant activities that is part of the subject. For an example, one of my subjects for my 1st year, 3rd trimester which is EDS 108, or Gender and Education, encouraged us to create material for social media such as memes for a gender and education topic, comic strips, or reaction essays to a particular issue in gender and education. With the wise use of Facebook, learning can not only have an atmosphere inside the classroom but can also bear influence in the society in a virtual sense.
One of the things that made this online learning journey impressive is the opportunity to be able to incorporate activities that are also done in a traditional setting of a school such as the practice of speech communication and interaction through performing speeches and conducting interviews. For a subject of mine in Gender and Society, it really was a great experience to be interviewing a member of the LGBT community with regards to his experiences and challenges faced. Through Youtube, it has also been wonderful to see the interviews conducted by other classmates of mine for this subject and how I am also benefit by the information and experiences shared by the people who have been interviewed. For subjects in Communication Skills, it has also been a delightful experience to be able share works of other interviews and speeches through this kind of virtual platform.
Doing this for the first time for this subject EDS 113, it has been a challenge for me to catch up to be able to master the functions in this site. Nevertheless, I can say that the implementation of the professor to write e-journals to be published through for this subject has been a great benefit for me, in terms of learning from others blogs and being able to develop love for the aspect of writing. With this activity implement in EDS 113, I am also considering to be able to use this knowledge practiced in here to be able to write as well about my personal experiences and reflections in other aspects of my life such as being a budding photographer in my free time.
- Google Hangouts
One of the most significant platforms as a distance learner, Google Hangouts has been beneficial in a way of being more convenient with connecting with professors and other classmates. One of the most notable experiences for me has been conducting of face-to-face virtual online discussions wherein the professor raises a topic and each of us in the group will state his/her views about it. Not only have I been able to practice more of my speech communication skills, but I have also built more interaction with others as we have this kind of live talks. This platform has also been beneficial in terms of the successful conducting of review groups for upcoming examinations where available classmates are having the opportunity to join in the conversation of refreshing what has been studied for a particular week.
With these experiences of learning in social media, I can rate this as a big YAY for being a successful form of non-traditional assessment in terms of being able to break barriers and hindrances in the online and distance learning community. With more of the encouragement of the use of social media in creating a stronger link between the teaching and learning process, the more comprehensive the atmosphere of students and teachers can be as there is this opportunity of using non-traditional assessment for success based on being parallel with the progress of technology through the years.