Can Instagram be part of your e-learning toolbox?
If you are an Instagram user you will know that it is in some ways a little like Twitter, the main difference being that is is completely focussed on visual content, either photos, or very short video clips.
Although just like YouTube in terms of uploading video content, Instagram is nothing like as useful if you are looking for a library of content, or a repository of course material. Many people consider Instagram as more distracting and limited compared to Twitter for example.
So, whilst Instagram is unlikely to be a central part of a typical e-learning course, it does have a couple of interesting and potentially useful features.
Firstly, it can re-post your messages across several social media platforms including Twitter and China’s very popular Weibo. Therefore, you could at least benefit from its ability to cross-post your content to different groups.
Secondly, Instagram is highly popular with younger users, given its focus on ease of use and photos and video content, teenagers in particular find it fun to use. You could for example recommend it in your Moodle Assignments as a quick social research source for images relating to current news or world events.
Do you use Instagram to support your e-learning courses in some way? If so, post a reply and let us know how!