Teaching with Social Media
This guide is also available in PDF format.
This guide provides an overview of teaching with social media at the University of Toronto. Its goal is to help Instructors:
- understand considerations around the use of educational technologies and social media in teaching
- explore best practices for the use of a variety of social media platforms
- consider how to best integrate social media use into one’s teaching.
Many of the considerations we take into account when using educational technologies also apply when we are considering using social media in the classroom. For a broad overview on educational technologies, see Engaging Students Online and Planning Online Learning.
Note: See U of T Guidelines on Teaching with Social Media for more information
The use of social media services and applications that are not supported by the University such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and blogging platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, Squarespace, etc., must follow university guidelines and policies.
If you would like to use social media services and applications in your course that are not included in U of T’s supported educational technologies catalogue, please review our recommended guidelines on the use of Tools Beyond Quercus. These guidelines cover various aspects of decision-making such as when to select alternatives to institutional tools, accountability and reduction of risk.
You will find prompts throughout this guide with suggested activities. These activities are meant to help you in your decision-making process as you learn about and plan for the use of social media in your teaching.
- Why Use Social Media in Teaching?