Backbenched now (Embrace Civility, home page, 2016.05.25), but well worth looking over: "Cyber Savvy is a student-led, positive norms approach to teach upper intermediate, middle, and high school students (grades 5 - 12) about digital safety, including effective digital decision-making, safe posting of personal information, digital relationships, social networking, cyberbullying, and digital dating/exploitation. The schools that have used this program in the pilot testing have been very pleased with the results" (Cyber Savvy, ¶1, 2016.05.25).
This OLC Institute post suggested three purposes and provided numerous examples of social media implementation and integration that may serve to "support learning in online courses" (2016.05.17, ¶3, ff.), namely:1. Amplifying the physical and psychological engagement of learners (Engagement using social media, ¶1);2. Providing instruction to "increase teaching effectiveness and enhance learning outcomes" (Instruction involving social media, ¶1); and3. Facilitating access to, and increasing availability of academic, career, and other "support services" (Student support using social media, ¶1).Reference Online Learning Consortium [OLC] Institute for Professional Development. (2016.05.17). Why Should I Learn More about Social Media? [weblog post]. http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/learn-social-media/