Engaging the World

Session Description
Designing a service project within an asynchronous course is as engaging and important as any other service learning activity. This presentation will showcase the work of students in a course about social media in which they utilized social media to make people aware of the sustainable goals set forth by the United Nations. A contact at the UN gave feedback on their work and offered hashtags and other opportunities for students to use in their work. This collaboration was quite successful and allowed students to see how their presence on social media can make a significant difference. Though service projects are invaluable in all instances, doing this in an asynchronous class proved to be interesting, engaging, challenging, and worthwhile.
Margit Watts
Margit Watts, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
Margit Misangyi Watts, professor at the University of Hawaii, spent the last thirty years working on first year programs and the development of new undergraduate initiatives such as: learning communities, information literacy, service learning, and the development of first year courses. Her passion is meaningful and connected learning and she has published extensively in that arena, as well as written a textbook for first year students. She also designed an asynchronous online course for the College of Education about social media. She finds it is relevant, engaging, and really seems to lead to that “meaningful” learning that she aspires to for her students.
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