What do social networks look like across different learning environments? Why are social networks important for teaching and learning? What are the challenges in implementing and managing social network projects?
Today's web users are prolific creators of content, and they upload photographs, audio, and video to cloud-based social networks such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many others by the billions. While the initial emphasis of social networks was placed on producing and uploading media to these popular sharing sites, as the notion of social media has evolved it has ultimately become more about the conversations started and relationships formed via this media. For educational institutions, social media enables two-way dialogues between students, prospective students, educators, and the institution that are less formal than with other media.