Week 14: Your Brain On Social Media

Instructor Notes

Instructor Notes

For  Module 05: Conclusions our two discussion groups will be defining where we focus and what we do.  This is meant to be done through the lens of New Literacies, i.e. areas of the mediascape that might qualify or connect as a key literacy in the networked world.

For week 14, our Godzilla team has chosen to take a deeper dive on the psychological effects of social media.  This began as a discussion about narcissism specifically, but broadened to a reflection on the individual.  Very interesting topic.  Social media connects with our voice and identity and is a reflection of our perceived self.  It is the individual presenting themselves to the world, and building a tapestry with every tweet, post, like, and etc.  The story of self.

Likewise there are effects of the hyperconnected lifestyle, both good and bad.  Understanding the good and the bad of this lifestyle is important, whether you are active on these networks or not.  As they shape our learners and shift notions of knowledge-society in many directions all at once.  Well done Godzilla – this is a great topic.



Class Podcast


Class Soundtrack

This is a collaborative playlist in Spotify.  If you have a Spotify account (free), I will invite you to contribute, but it’s not required.  This is tied to a few class activities and will evolve based on your ideas and input.


Open in Spotify   



We’ve used Twitter extensively in past versions of this course, but it is no longer required.

We’ll keep using #inte5340 if you want to post and share things here – it’s useful for connecting with #inte5340 and #ds106 communities as well as the Social Fiction Challenge.

If you post to Twitter, be sure to use #inte5340 so we can find it.



Weekly Watch

5 Ways | How Social Media is Effecting Teens
(highlight video title above to discuss | click on playlist icon to pick videos )

Weekly Tasks

(1) Watch and annotate the videos in the Weekly Watchlist (above).

(2) Complete the Weekly-Thing.   Each week we will ask you to do a small thing related to this week’s topic.  The Weekly-Thing is posted to the #mixtape channel on Slack each Tuesday.  Find it.  Do it. Post it to the #mixtape channel.  

(3) Read & annotate TWO (your choice) of the following article(s) within your assigned hypothes.is group:

Alloway, T., Runac, R., Qureshi, M., & Kemp, G. (2014). Is Facebook linked to selfishness? Investigating the relationships among social media use, empathy, and narcissism. Social Networking3(03), 150.

Davenport, S. W., Bergman, S. M., Bergman, J. Z., & Fearrington, M. E. (2014). Twitter versus Facebook: Exploring the role of narcissism in the motives and usage of different social media platforms. Computers in Human Behavior32, 212-220.

Dunn, J. (2018). The 10 Best and Worst Ways Social Media Impacts Education Edudemic.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018, from http://www.edudemic.com/social-media-education/

(4) Complete your final DIALOG…  with 2 to 3 different classmates.  Your dialog this week will be based on the Weekly-Thing that comes out on Tuesday – pay attention! 

  • Someone volunteers to host a dialog.
  • Identify a platform (audio, video) and how you will host/record the dialog. (People generally use Zoom).
  • Recruit classmates – use Slack to propose the dialog topic, time, platform, etc.
  • Send participants details on when/where/how to participate.
  • Record the dialog.
  • Guide participant introductions
  • Introduce the topic/story
    • Ask/Answer:  What did you like/dislike about the topic/story?
    • Ask/Answer:  How might this topic/story be used to shape your own teaching and learning?
    • Ask/Answer:  What was your biggest takeaway?
    • Ask/Answer:  your own questions to keep the conversation moving 
  • Watch the time
    • 2 participants (15 – 25 minutes)
    • 3 participants (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Post the dialog.  (People generally use YouTube or SoundCloud)
  • Post the dialog or a link to the dialog in the #module02 Slack channel.

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