Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Psychology of Social Media (and Politics)

 At the 12th Annual Enhancing the Teaching of Psychology Conference 2012 at UW-La Crosse, I discussed the topic of "The Psychology of Social Media in the Classroom."  With the backdrop of Wisconsin politics, the presentation illustrated how real world events can enhance the curriculum making it more relevant and thereby engaging students. Tools that were highlighted included Tweetdeck, YouTube, CNN iReports and web streaming. More information about social media can be found at The Learning Space blog.

The conference brought faculty together from around the UW-System to talk about active learning, teaching activities, psychology in international opportunities,  research in "Understanding Socio-Cultural Grounding of Cognition", and classroom assessments. There were also short demonstrating on student response systems and library research tools.  It was a good venue to bring technology into the traditional realm of psychology teaching and learning. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Social Media-History in Real Time [In the Classroom]

In April, I was a guest lecturer in two separate Political Science classes at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The topic of this round of lectures was, "Social Media-History in Real Time."  This presentation takes the student through a variety of events that took place in Wisconsin beginning in the spring of 2011. Footage, stills, and narratives were featured and discussed.  The students saw first-hand how messages distributed through social media can reinforce, change, or manipulate the message.  The intent of the lecture is to challenge students to watch both sides of an issue, from multiple news and media outlets.  In the end, students gained a deeper understanding of how quickly social media can be disseminated, how to learn to discern fact vs. fiction, and to learn of the dangers of social media.  This class and several classes in December of 2011 were surveyed to ascertain how they interpret social media. 

UW-La Crosse Political Science Class- Professor Jeremy Arney

Some key statistics include:

More than 70% of the students use social media every day.
Nearly 90% use Facebook.
In 2011 28% of the students used social media daily/weekly for academic work.  In 2012, that percentage jumped to 44%.
Over 62% of the students feel FOX news is biased, while about 47% of the students feel CNN is the least biased.
About 50% of the students feel that social media is very effective, effective, and somewhat effective in changing people's opinion. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Social Media and Politics Podcast-Wisconsin Public Radio

Social Media and Politics Feature on Wisconsin Public Radio, WHLA.

In this broadcast we look at the role of social media in Wisconsin politics and beyond. We delve into how social media can mobilize the base, influence and reinforce our opinions, how to determine fact from fiction, and how to make learning more relevant. Join the dialogue by clicking on the podcast audio file.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Introductory Mediasite on Social Media and Politics

For an introductory view of the program on Social Media and Politics, take a look at this Mediasite web stream. This short presentation provides a quick synopsis of how social media tools and strategies helps to make the political environment more understandable, relevant, and engaging. Join me as I take you through the first year of this research study which is filled with narratives, imagery, and video. As one blogger commented, Jorstad's work "is history in real time."

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Resources for Social Media in Politically Challenging Times

In a year long research study, we have been tracking how social media can be used in politically charged environments. In this case, the study focused on the political turmoil in Wisconsin, beginning in February 2011. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were used to document and disemminate information to the state, national, and world. Tweetdeck was used to monitor multiple streams of strategic information. In addition, a series of iReports on CNN were utilized with many of them featured on CNN News outlets.

As of January 2012, over 150,000 people have viewed these CNN reports, and nearly 800 comments have been documented. On YouTube nearly 15,000 views were documented from around the world.

Currently, a series of resources are being made available for faculty and students to further research the historical materials that have been documented. These copywritten items are available for viewing on a Mediasite web stream. More resources will be added to the list.

Click on each topic to see streamed assets which chronicle the events of 2011.

La Crosse Protest March 6, 2011

Madison Largest Protest March 12, 2011

Senator Erpenbach Rally March 19, 2011

Jesse Jackson Address March 28, 2011

Jennifer Shilling Announces Candidacy April 8, 2011

Rachel Maddow Screen Capture of Madison Protest Footage

Occupy New York-Liberty Plaza-livestream