Saturday 11th June, 2011
8:15am to 9:00am
Being found and recognized on the Internet is becoming increasingly dependent on the circulation and use of information in online social networks. When people seek knowledge or answers to their questions online, often times their inquiries lead them beyond connecting with information resources to people of similar interests. These interactions can ultimately lead to sustained learning partnerships and even formation of interest-based or niche learning networks.
Educators can reach new potential audiences by participating in online interest-based learning networks. Yet, finding where to go to participate in these networks may feel daunting for those not accustomed to using online networks for routine personal or professional interactions.
Using examples from the Cooperative Extension network and beyond, this session will explore :
-Strengths of various networks for connecting with specific audiences
-How to find and connect with individuals of similar interests
-How to find interest-based niche networks, and niche within mass networks
-Managing time and conversations in multiple networks
Participants will also be encouraged to consider how their own personal educational responsibilities, activities, interests, and needs can become a guide for discovering how to find and connect with new audiences by participating in online networks.
Helping others use social media to share research-based information to improve people's daily lives and our natural environment. bio from Twitter
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