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5.2 Using social media for learning

Social networking offers opportunities to connect with other learners and experts in your chosen subject(s) from all over the world. Now this has been made far easier with all the different social media platforms.

Organisations representing different academic fields have their own social media accounts. You can follow what’s happening at the Institute of Physics, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Nursing and Midwifery Council or British Psychological Society and many more. When you’ve got a moment see what you can find out there that is of interest to you.

For now though, if you’d like to, try X in this final activity of the session and start to engage with the OU community.

Activity 5 Using X (optional)

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

This activity is just for fun. X (previously known as Twitter) is a social media channel that allows you to share learning and engage with the wider educational community. Short messages can be written and shared easily. If you have an X account use that. If you don’t yet have one, it’s free and very straightforward to set up.

Your task is to compose a tweet in which you write about what you are looking forward to as a distance learner.

Tweet your message to the OpenLearn account @OUFreeLearning, using this hashtag: #BeinganOUstudent


By sending a Tweet like this you’re using digital skills, you’re sharing content and have made a start at engaging with an online community to support your learning.

This brings you to the end of this session. Find out what what’s coming up in the next session in the summary.