Yammer EdTech - Review and consider possibilities
Last updated on 24/07/2020
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Yammer is an internal Social Network. With the main feed 'Our Griffith' as the primary channel, Griffith academics can also use yammer 'Groups' and External Networks' to promote engagement across interest groups and external networks.
Yammer is an internal Social Networking Platform. By 'internal' we mean all Griffith staff & students have access to the 'Our Griffith' or central part of the Yammer ecology. Groups or External networks (use these if you would like to invite guests external to Griffith) can be created for collaboration - look for your 'cog' icon to get started.
Using Yammer provides a safe and collaborative environment for learning.
What type of things happen in the 'All Company' area (Students & Staff)?
- Information posts
- Quick Polls
- Praise and Likes
- New Feature: Q&A (available in All Company, Groups and External Networks)
What type of things happen in 'Groups'?
- Interest Groups
- Collegial conversations
- Course Collaboration Groups
What type of learning engagement happens in external networks?
- Guest lecturers can be invited to engage
- Students can vote, like, praise, and poll
- Post-class discussions and summaries
- Small research assignments
...and much more (some more strategies below in 'Implementation'
To get a feel for the yammer experience in practice, watch the Griffith Online Yammer video, part of the Online Experience Series
If considering using yammer, consider the following:
- Griffith University Social Media Guidelines include a specific section for Learning and Teaching
- Yammer is not a replacement for your Learning@Griffith Course Site
- Yammer does not have a grading system and analytics are limited
- Yammer ‘Our Griffith' environment is open to Staudents &. Staff -to interact with Students or those outside of the Griffith Domain, an ‘External Network’ can be created from yammer.
- Yammer login is single-sign-on, login is the same as your Griffith ID and password
- Students may already have yammer accounts, and these may not be limited to use of their Griffith student ID.
Some learning & collaboration yammer strategies you might like to try out in your interest groups etc.
yammer Summary Posts
Providing summary from posts encourage analysis, critical thinking and synthesis of main points, especially if limited to a word count. This strategy can promote ‘evidence based’ engagement by asking students to provide primary sources as links.
A Brick-by-Brick yammer Discussion
Based on the concept of building on insight, this is similar to a post-class discussion forum, but more relevant, instant and engaging. Students post an idea, insight or question to Yammer, and all must post at least once to others’ posts. This can facilitate hybrid discussions (online & in-class), and encourages collaboration, critical thinking and reflection.
Yammer Activism Challenge
This scenario & project-based activity encourages students to learn about real-world solutions. Ask students to use yammer to promote a particular cause. The can engage students in social activism within a safe, yet social environment. This type of strategy can strengthen digital communication skills, and can be gamified if posts are ‘liked or praised’.
Yammer Quick Bites
This activity combines the use of Youtube as a resource, and yammer as a place of engagement and reflection. Post a challenge related to your curriculum, and ask students to find a credible and related source on Youtube, then post the link to the post-class Yammer feed with an insight about the connection. Other students can reflect on other ideas and perspectives gained from the same class or content. This encourages objective and critical thinking, enhances research skills in social environments, and critical online communication skills.
Griffith Graduate Attributes
The use of Yammer for Students will support attainment of the following Griffith Graduate Attribute:
'Effective Communicators & Collaborators'
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