Author Archives: Mathieu Plourde

About Mathieu Plourde

Québécois, Project Leader, LMS, IT Academic Technology Services, University of Delaware. Instructional Designer, Educational Technologist, Open Education Advocate, Ed. D. Candidate.

Week 4: Oh goody! More services to try out!

I just completed your task list for Week 4. You’ll notice that there isn’t a lot of content; this week is about understanding how to create information flows and dashboards.

If for any given item you already have a strategy for (if you already use the tool), you’re welcome to push the envelope a bit more, and try a competing service of your choice. As usual, let me know if you have any question.


Week 3 is ready!

I just completed Week 3, following where the discussion was going in class, so you’re invited to get started right away.

By the end of the week, I will provide more information on the following items:

  • Voting process for pages
  • Tool exploration project
  • Process to sign-up/assign class roles

I really enjoyed our first class together, hope you did too!

As usual, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Slides for tonight’s class

Below are the slides for tonight’s class:

As a reminder, I will invite participants to a Google Hangout, and the live stream (starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT) can also be viewed at as a backup strategy.

Don’t forget to use the #udsnf12 hashtag on G+ or Twitter if you have questions, reactions, or comments.

I also created a public Google Doc to capture live notes.

To do this weekend…

Now that our deadline has come and gone for week 2, (almost) everyone should have an landing page and a blog. I kept adding links to those page and blogs on the Participants page, and you can see new posts on the Class feed page.

So what I expect of you before our first class meeting is to mingle. You should visit other people’s landing pages and blogs, find similarities and interesting expectations, and comment on one another’s posts. You should also make sure you follow the Google+ page and request access to the Diigo group (all the social media services are listed on the Social presence page).

By the time you all come to class, you should all have a pretty good idea of who’s in there, and have identified a couple of people you might consider tagging along with for your final project.

Weeks 1 and 2 are ready to roll!

And the semester too, I guess…

Welcome to EDUC439/639 Social Networking. You will find on this site all the instructions you need to get started with the semester.

First of all, you will notice on the calendar that our first face-to-face meeting will actually be on September 10, so the two first weeks are entirely online.

Weeks 1 and 2 are ready for you. Please check the weekly sequence to access the instructions for the first two weeks. The deadline to complete the assignments for week 1 and week 2 are two days apart, so make sure you get started quickly on week 2 (there won’t be any assigned reading for week two, but spending some time customizing your WordPress site would be a good idea).

If you have any question, send it to the Google Group, or privately by email to me if it’s personal.

Have a great semester!

Mathieu Plourde

This is not a MOOC, but…

This course will primarily serve a University of Delaware clientele, but if you’re interested in following along and interacting with the students, you’re more than welcome to do so. Since most of the work will be done on social media and on blogs, you won’t be left behind. I’m also planning on streaming each class (7 times during the semester, on Monday nights), and probably enabling Google hangouts to make sure we can all interact, whether we’re remote or face-to-face.

See the syllabus for more details on the course.

Let me know if you’re up for the challenge!

Mathieu Plourde –

P.S.: If you simply want to share a story related to the course, I’d like to collect it too!