March, 2016

Topic: Social Media and the Effect on Learning

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016


6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program


The potential of social media for learning is increasing as a greater understanding of the technologies and emerging patterns of use is explored and justified. Social media integration into K-12 and university education, as well as corporate and government training, is still in its infancy. However, the patterns of use for social media in learning in each of these institutions are beginning to identify and define a framework for cognitive learning and include a wide variety of applications from text-based wikis to 3D avatars in virtual worlds.

This program will provide:

  • An overview of social media
  • Stories and demos
  • Questions for discussion with the participants



Dr. Carole A. Bagley, President, Consultant and Team Leader: The Technology Group, Inc., and Distinguished Service Professor, UST – prior full time position and currently adjunct. With more than 30 years in the field of instructional technology, Dr. Bagley has been awarded honors from ISPI, ATD, and other professional organizations and has made significant contributions to the field through her current and prior national and international work. Current projects include a virtual-world platform for the US Dept of Emergency Management, a level 2-3-4 evaluation of a Health Benefits Advisor WBT curriculum for the Health Eligibility Center, and a virtual video game for middle-school students to encourage tobacco abstinence.  Dr. Bagley has a keen interest in learning and performance improvement because she is passionate about teaching and realizes that the design and use of e-learning is growing throughout the US and the world.

Dr. Katie Nelson is an anthropologist, educator, and instructional designer. She is also a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and an experienced online and face-to-face college instructor. She currently works at Inver Hills Community College as a professor of anthropology. Dr. Nelson is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and conversant in Arabic. She serves as the Digital Learning Forum’s webmaster.

Jothan Sargent works for Rivertown Communications, Inc., a custom-training company located in Stillwater, MN, as their lead programmer and developer for computer-based instruction and corporate web sites.  Mr. Sargent is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where he received his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Mr. Sargent has been developing instructional programs and web-delivered training since April, 1995.  From October ,1996, to June ,1998, Mr. Sargent worked at Allen Interactions, Inc., founded by Dr. Michael Allen, the creator of Authorware. From June, 1998, to April, 2002, Mr. Sargent worked at Excel Instruction (now Knowledge Design & Delivery). His work has included program development, integrating learning programs into network and Internet environments, web development, technical support, database design, and writing and delivering technical training.