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Thursday, February 2, 2012

'Using Social Networking to Engage Students' Is Topic for Provost's Conversations Series

The Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, a brown bag lunch series, resumes Thursday, Feb. 9, with a discussion led by Gail Dickinson, associate professor of teaching and learning in the Darden College of Education.

Presented by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), the Office of Distance Learning and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Carol Simpson, the Conversations are open to all faculty members, and offer the opportunity to reflect and share about the teaching and learning process.

Dickinson will speak on "Using Social Networking to Engage Students in Online Instruction" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons Conference Room at Perry Library.

Engaging graduate students in online learning can be tough when the course is competing with the busy lives and competing interests of its students. Dickinson's Conversation will focus on using social network tools to build a community of practice in online classes.

Dickinson received an undergraduate degree in education from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania, a master of library science (MLS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Virginia.

For more information about the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, visit For questions contact CLT at or 3-4252. To register visit

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