Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Many of my classes incorporate social media – it's a significant part of the modern media landscape. Social-media platforms help us reach millions of people with valuable information, and best practices have emerged from professionals and researchers to show us the most effective ways to use these new tools. That's the important word here: tools. Like any tool, it can be misused by the untrained, so teaching social media means looking at opportunities, responsibilities and impact. Most of my students are "self-taught," so it also means embracing some new ideas in the face of existing habits. If we treat social media like the tool for expression that it is, we can create informed users at both the professional and personal level.