The Curtin University is offering a free online course on How Media Got Social. This course will increase learners’ understanding of social media by looking at the ways networked connectivity let users become ‘social’, how this was amplified with the emergence of the web, and how social media became the default mode of the mobile web we use today.
In this four week course, applicants will discover where social media came from, how it became integral to our everyday lives, and how that has changed the way we communicate. This course is ongoing.
Course At A Glance
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Institution: Curtin University and edx
Certificate Available: Yes
Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university, with more than 53,000 students from over 130 countries. As a world-class, internationally focused institution, Curtin’s mission is to change minds, lives and the world through leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and research.
About This Course
Social media and online communication dominate our daily lives in an unprecedented manner. Wireless connectivity, mobile devices and wearable technologies mean that social media is always on, always part of everyday life for billions of people across the world.
Why Take This Course?
While the term ‘social media’ is barely a decade old, the story of how people started using the internet in a social manner is a much longer and more interesting one. This course will increase learners’ understanding of social media by looking at the ways networked connectivity let users become ‘social’, how this was amplified with the emergence of the web, and how social media became the default mode of the mobile web we use today.
By completing this course, you should be able to:
- Map significant milestones in the emergence of social media.
- Differentiate between ‘Web 2.0’ and participatory culture.
- Understand the differences in the way users and social media companies utilize and think about social media.
- Extrapolate current social trends online and map possible directions in social media.
Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and a frequent expert media commentator.
Dr. Gwyneth Peaty
Gwyneth is a sessional academic in Internet Studies at Curtin University.
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