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"Social Media in Education: Top panelists to cover how social media and new online/mobile communication platforms can concretely augment learning and teaching as a 'natural' part of the education toolset"

Learning and teaching are fundamentally social activities. We learn from watching, discussing and creating with others. We teach by telling stories, demonstrating, and guiding. The panel will explore how social media and new online/mobile communication platforms can augment learning and teaching as a "natural" part of (higher) education’s pedagogic toolset.
Our exploration will take us through the fertile fields of:
1. eLearning - the use of interactive mobile/online platforms to deliver innovative learning and teaching models.
2. Collaborative design and eDesign - the virtual design studio (project briefs, prototyping, 1:1 coaching, public crits, ….) and new concurrent design practices.
3. Talent Management & Students centeredness - the responsibilities and actions of developing talent
4. Customers Relationship and Marketing - the use of Social Media and other interactive mobile/online platforms to “market” products and “manage” customer relationship (from stimulating crowdsourced accelerated innovation (video, ….) to tribal activities within communities).
5. Communities: the value of communities and the use of interactive mobile/online platforms to actually create and manage those communities
Our objective is to learn from the above domains to inform a discussion on what we can learn from these innovative Social Media or other interactive mobile/online practices and how can we apply this learning to higher education?


  • Joseph Press - Head of the Social Media Practice at Deloitte Consulting
  • Francois Gossieaux from Human 1.0 - Consulting specialist in community building and the author of the new book "The HyperSocial Organization"
  • Sal Khan an ex-analyst at a hedge fund, who created and manages the Khan Academy, an online tutoring service funded by the Gates Foundation (through Skype)
  • Viktor Venson - Creative director at Stopp (a marketing communication agency) and who is working on an initiative by the Advertising Industry (No Right Brain Left Behind), to support the development of creative and innovative skills for college graduates (with a clear focus on social media and new online/mobile technologies to achieve this)
  • Jon Landis - Education Development Executive for Apple
  • Rob Mancabelli – CIO Trinity School
  • 3 students from FIT
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