This is a collection of links on LinkedIn, oriented to undergraduates. It has an assignment for students to create a LinkedIn profile and to begin to build a professional network on the platform.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To identify the purpose of Linkedin profile development for professional networking. Students will learn the importance of LinkedIn for professional networking and create a profile.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate students of any major.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The module is concise and can be easily used in a variety of courses. It provides undergraduates with useful information on LinkedIn.
While the assignment is well-written, I would suggest the instructor provide some context/background for the usefulness/applicability of the assignment. Some links are becoming dated.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is a stand-alone assignment that is not built on “scholarship” per se. Nonetheless, it is a useful assignment for students unfamiliar with LinkedIn.
The links are to unrelated articles about LinkedIn, and an instructor would need to guide a discussion about the key lessons. Unless students are interested in marketing/social media, they may not see the potential value of a LinkedIn account, so the instructor will need to provide background/support information.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This assignment is clearly written, easy to read and view. Links are functioning and the materials provided give lots of additional background information/application of LinkedIn.
This module is a homework assignment. It is not an interactive environment.
Other Issues and Comments:
Overall this assignment should be very relevant if the instructor really wants student to view social media as professional tools, rather than a way to post personal information and interests.
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