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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
"Social" Learning: Getting Students Engaged and "Sharing" with Yammer

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This session is a copresentation on the use of Yammer.

The first presentation will focus on the use of Yammer in an introductory biology course offered in a traditional classroom setting. We will review the concept behind the project and technologies considered as vehicles for a photo project focused on biodiversity. The class experience with Yammer will be described. Successes and challenges of the assignment and technology will be detailed. Outcomes and student responses to the experience will be reviewed.

Next, we will take a look at the use of Yammer in online courses. We will address the question: Just how beneficial is the use of social media in an online learning environment? What do the students think?

We will share some survey results on students’ perceptions of the use of Yammer in their online courses, as well as engage in an open discussion on how to structure the use of Yammer in your course for the greatest impact on students’ engagement and overall learning experience.

Finally, we will have a joint discussion and address any questions. All levels of familiarity with Yammer are welcome!


Lauraine Hawkins

faculty member
Biologist, Penn State Mont Alto
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Catherine Murphy

Instructional Designer, Penn State University

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 105

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