Posted on April 18, 2010
Social media theory and practice: An outline
Carrie Brown-Smith is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Memphis. Last month she posted a first draft of a syllabus for a college course about social media. I took a look at it today, and I suggest you do the same.
Ultimately, this course hopes to foster the meta-skill of applying the core values of journalistic practice to new media forms in productive, creative, and intelligent ways. Flexibility and the ability to experiment and think critically will perhaps be among the most vital abilities of the new era.
That certainly gets Carrie’s syllabus off to a great start!
For a course like this, you’ll probably want to point the students toward something like this list:
20 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed (from Mashable, a great blog the students should be following)
I like Carrie’s description of the students’ blogging assignment as a travelogue through which each student will track or document the social networking sites and new media ventures explored during the course. Using a blog this way does not usually result in a publication that has wide audience appeal — but it’s a very good experience for the individual blogger, just as keeping a journal during a travel experience can be. It helps you reflect on what you have seen and done that day. It helps you remember, later, what you discovered.
I’d be interested in seeing the list of assignments, as well as a few scholarly articles that will be really relevant to this course.