For my weekly project I have decided to create a student manifesto for learning by social media. Like the Constitution, it contains 27. Enjoy.
1. Try, try, try again. Consider everything an experiment. There are no right or wrong answers. Your participation and hard-work will show for itself.
2. Do the work. You can not learn through social media without putting forth the effort.
3. Time is of the essence. Students are busy people, use your time online wisely.
4. Find a routine. It may take two or three weeks, but find a weekly rhythm and it will get easier.
5. Treat your blog as a projection of yourself. Mundane can be passable, but try to paint a portrait of oneself.
6. Listen carefully. Your professor knows what he/she is talking about. Keep your eyes open and your eyes up.
7. Find your voice. It is easy to write, but admirable to write something worth reading. Objectivity is achievable.
8. Links, links, links. They make things easier to understand and explainable. They praise others work, while legitimizing your own.
9. Support your fellow students. Your classmates need your help, it’s called support. Encouragement and tips go a long way in learning.
10. Obstacles are inevitable. Push forward. Not everything in this world is completely comprehendible.
11. Don’t just treat your blog as a journal. It can be used in so many ways. Find those ways. Explore. Reinvent.
12. Use Twitter. While not everyone is in love with Twitter, it does simplify your online experience and makes your content instantly accessible to many.
13. Connect theory to experience. Choose research material wisely. Personal experiences and interests are always a good start to grasp the material at hand.
14. Keep your blog. Don’t just trash your blog the minute the semester ends, it is a tool, so use it. They look great to employers.
15. The internet is your friend, but be wary. The internet is a refuge. There is a world of knowledge available at the click of a button, but not everything you read is true. You should know this by now.
16. Attend class. Hearing your professor’s thoughts, problems, solutions, assignments, and lessons in person can be a breath of fresh air. Take advantage of this time. Hear what fellow classmates have to say, as well.
17. Revise. Even after publishing something, don’t be afraid to go back and make changes or additions. It is all apart of the learning process.
18. Read the material given. It was chosen for a reason. It is there for clarification and education. You will be at a greater advantage having read the required material.
19. Always tinker with your blog. It’s amazing what you can find by simple trial and error. Blogs are unique and advanced, so work with them.
20. Don’t be afraid to question authority. Your professors, the course material and online readings are not always right. They are learning on a daily basis too, work together.
21. Be creative. I can’t stress this enough. Open your mind to new experiences. It’s not a sin to have fun while learning.
22. Follow, follow, follow. Your fellow students are attempting the same things you are. Find out how they tackled an assignment. Use that knowledge to create something that stands alone.
23. Post separate material. It’s not a bad idea to post articles you have written, stories worth reading, relatable material, and educated personal viewpoints. This stirs discussion, which leads to learning and understanding.
24. Always attribute. There is no reason to be caught filching someone else’s work. Be yourself. Remember: images always need credit.
25. Be respectful. What you are posting can reach a broad audience. What is inscribed on the internet is written in ink, not lead.
26. Widgets are your friend. Tags, Twitter feeds, recent posts, RSS feeds, blogs you follow are all good ways to make the visiting experience to your blog a better one.
27. Don’t treat it as a class. While you may be in school, think of it as an experience. Everything has shifted online, including jobs. You are now one step ahead of the rest.