Awesome Social Media Course!

Learn about social media, think critically, and have fun.

Guaranteed to be fun and stress-free!

All Your Social Media Are Belong To Us

Interested in social media? Don't know where to start? Don't worry--you're in luck!


You're invited to take a great course being offered during the spring 2013 term--Social Media: Practice and Critique.


This course will focus on social networking, webcasting, videocasting, blogging, and other relevant social media tools. The course is designed for those not familiar with social media and who want to learn more.


This course will be low stress, fun, and intellectually engaging. We're going to not only expriment with social media tools but also consider the ways in which they are used and why we should or shouldn't use them in the first place.

Social Media Literacy | Social Media Fluency

Questions We'll Think About

We'll think about a lot of different questions, but here are some examples:


  1. What is social media? What makes media "sociable?"
  2. How do we interact through social media tools? How do we converse?
  3. Is social media a place for serious discussion? Why or why not?
  4. How do we develop an identity? What are the drawbacks of online identity?
  5. And many others!


Tools We'll Consider

We'll look at a lot of different tools, but here are some examples:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Wordpress
  • Tumblr
  • Blogger
  • Google+
  • And many more!

Fridays, 2:15-3:45pm, McNamara Alumni Center-Room 235

The course will be held at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center in Room 235. The course will run from Mar 29-May 17.

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About Your Instructor

Trent M Kays is a writer, teacher, scholar-agitator, and rhetoric & writing studies PhD student in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota. He serves as a Graduate Instructor in the department’s undergraduate writing program, where he teaches a variety of rhetoric and writing intensive courses. His work, primarily, interrogates the roles of digital rhetoric, critical pedagogy, social media, and the Internet in political, cultural, and social movements.


His work regularly appears in local and national media, including USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Minnesota Daily, Paleofuture Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation, The New Zealand Herald, and other publications. He often writes about society, technology, culture, and higher education issues.