Sharing what you are reading, watching or thinking is a great way to connect with other people online, but you can also share presentations, lecture videos and academic papers by having public facing web content.
bSpace may not provide all the bells and whistles that other products have but it makes it easy for you to send out information to your students. When you post an announcement, assignment or reading you have the option to notify students and those are often forwarded to their email addresses. It's a quick way to contact all your students at once to update them on homework, course topics and assignments or just on interesting articles online.
For more information on sharing content with your class contact John-Mark Ikeda at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook represents a huge community and most students already have accounts. Using Facebook to communicate with students provides a way to share information, articles, images or videos online. Sharing content online can become a starting point for out of class conversations. It also is a great way to share topics and content that may not be class specific. Learning how to tailor Facebook's privacy settings to separate your personal and academic relationships is an important step in the process.
For more information on using Facebook contact John-Mark Ikeda at, email@example.com.
A tweet is a 140 character message that is sent out to people that "follow" you. Creating a twitter feed for your class can make it easy for both you and your students to post links and images in one location. You can make your Twitter feed public too, so you can share what you are reading and your opinions with other colleagues.
Twitter is also a powerful tool at spreading information. Today, we hear about how it has been used to organize protests and report on important news. Twitter is also useful to tracking the sentiments of millions of people, by checking what topics are being spoken about the most online.
For more information on using Twitter contact John-Mark Ikeda at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blogs are entirely public and provide a way to share articles, images and your writing on various topics. Many people avoid blogs because they see them as personal diaries displayed online, but really the professionalism and quality of writing is up to you. Many blogs cover engaging academic topics and are written like published journal articles. Blogs are easier to update than a website and often free, so they are used by many people to share with their peers.
For more information on sharing with blogs contact John-Mark Ikeda at, email@example.com.
Faculty profiles are public webpages that you can link articles, your CV and a biography.
For information on setting up your faculty profile contact John-Mark Ikeda at firstname.lastname@example.org.