Category Archives: Announcement

Submitted #udsnf12 on the #MERLOT #OER referatory

Merlot logoAs a part of my goal to leave a legacy for this course, I submitted it to the MERLOT open educational resources referatory.

Feel free to explore the different tabs on top of this site to read the syllabus, see the weekly sequence of materials and challenges, or dig into what students have submitted on their blogs.

All materials on this site are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution (unless they are hosted outside of this domain), so feel free to reuse, remix, repurpose, translate, etc. All I’m asking is a mention of my full name or a link back to the original materials. If you could also comment or send me a note on how you used the materials, that would be appreciated!

Mathieu Plourde

The multiple facets of openness in #udsnf12 – #openeducationwk preso

This post is the gateway to my presentation about #udsnf12 during Open Education Week.

The webinar will was hosted on Google Hangouts, through the Open Education Week G+ profile.



The course gateway

Links and references

Short URL to this page

Life after #udsnf12

Now that the semester is over, I’d like all of you to notice something:

You didn’t have to spend a single cent on a textbook for this class! 

That’s great, right? Well, since you could have expected to spend up to $200 in learning materials, why not consider to spend some of that money on some of the following suggestions, listed on a brand new Pinterest board curated by your instructor? Most suggestions are books, but some also involve making donations to non-profits or ways to get involved.

Let me know in the comments if you are planning on following up on some of my suggestions, or suggest one of your own as a comment!


P.S.: I have released the participation grades (in-class and online). If you don’t agree with your grade, please use Canvas to make your case for a grade revision.

P.S.2: I’m still waiting for my first rating on Rate My Professors (I am NOT kidding). Expecting peppers (now, I’m kidding). Also, connect with me on LinkedIn, where I’ll write recommendation for the most deserving students.

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.


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!