Teaching Naked : Social Proximity and the Virtual Classroom


Social media has made its way to higher education” (Tinte-Kane,2013, April 1). In chapter 2 of Bowen’s text book “Teaching Naked : How Moving Technology out of your classroom will improve student learning”, the author stated that proximity that once limited our interaction is no more essential (2014). there is no doubt that E-communication is changing the way people connect, present and share information, “a recent report by business insider, More than 1.2 billion people use Facebook regularly according to numbers released in October 2013, 2.7 billion people almost 40% of the world population regularly use social media” (NMC horizon report, 2014). Bowen suggest that instead of fighting a losing battle, social media is clearly here to stay, educators should use social media, chatrooms as new ways to teach and connect with students(2014).

On the other side, it was found that though 100 % of colleges and universities educators and students surveyed by BSRG 2013 use social media, yet educators use it far less for teaching than they do for personal or professional reasons (NMC horizon report, 2014). Social networking websites benefits are always accompanied by crucial drawbacks including privacy, cyber bullying, cheating, and authenticity, and policy need to be worked out so educators could safely use them within their classes.In a recent report, researchers at Walden University stated that even instructors using social networking have been subject to cyber bullying and some did not report simply because they did not know where to report (Tinte-Kane, 2013, April 1).

Until social media implications solved, I totally disagree with the author to use social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn in teaching. There are main reasons for that, first I categorize platforms such as twitter and Facebook as personal websites, and LinkedIn for professional use, second though I realize that these platforms can accelerate educator student connection and see a lot of Bowen implementations very thoughtful and easy to accomplish, yet I continue to have many concerns particularly in privacy and integrity of social networking, and finally I believe that social networking can be distracting and stressful.

Bowen, J. A. (2012). Teaching Naked:How Moving Technology out of your classroom will improve student learning . San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

NMC. (2014). The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Retrieved from http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2014-higher-education-edition/

Tinte-Kane,H. (2013, Monday April 1). Overcoming Hurdles to Social Media in Education. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2013/4/overcoming-hurdles-to-social-media-in-education

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