Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Google+ for Higher Ed

Last week Lisa Thumann and Chris Penny presented on Google+ in higher education in a Google hangout as part of Google Education On Air. Although I have a Google+ account, I failed to use it nearly as much as Facebook and Twitter. After listening to this session, my eyes have been opened to more innovative ways that Google+ serves education especially higher education. The new feature that I learned about that I'm really excited about is Google+ pages. Pages allow users to create pages that Google+ users can follow and appears in Google search. Beyond Google+ as a teaching and learning tool, the session also ventured into topics such as digital scholarship, collaboration, academic resources, personalized learning, online learning, accountability, and so much more.

Best practices for Google+ included:

  • Student collaboration through Circles
  • Opportunities for blended learning
  • Development and presentation of projects
  • Opportunities for student advisement
  • Using Google+ as a blog of sorts
  • Professional collaborations
  • Pages for groups, organizations, clubs, classes/courses etc.
  • Bringing in outside experts

Find more ways to use Google+ in higher education here

Here is the video of the session:

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