Teaching with Social Media

This workshop was offered in Spring 2020 as an in-person workshop at the Graduate Center, CUNY. The workshop and materials were developed by Talisa Feliciano and Inés Vañó García.

All materials on this page and in the linked google folder are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) 4.0 International Public License.


Have you used or considered using social media in your classes? Teaching with social media comes with unique challenges and possibilities. Meeting learners where they are is a fundamental aspect of creating a democratic learning community. For students who already engage these technologies, adding social media to our teaching can increase access to a range of learning materials and content, mitigate educational costs associated with textbooks, and facilitate a range of expression across languages and rhetorical modes. Social media provides multiple modes of expression, connection, and exploration that empower students to take ownership over their work. Some platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok are familiar to our students and can facilitate access to broader audiences. These spaces also pose challenges in our pedagogical practices in terms of privacy, the ownership and dissemination of data, and helping students understand the credibility of sources.

Join the TLC for a workshop on February 21 at 11am in Room 8304 where we will discuss how attendees understand and use social media, explore the implications of using social media in our classes, and think through the digital literacy that these choices can both require and foster. As a group, we will create a repository of questions, tips and resources that could help and assist other educators interested in teaching with social media.

Participants are invited to bring a syllabus, lesson plan, or assignment in which they can envision incorporating social media to enhance learning.