The course will explore the challenge of effectively using social media to engage students in reflection, gain knowledge from “experts”, improve their writing skills through publishing, and collaborate to construct new knowledge. Some of the tools investigated will include the use of blogs, blog responses, wikis, social bookmarking, social networking, collaborative presentation tools, and collaborative educational game sites. This course focuses on best practices for interacting with students in an online learning environment. Guidelines for maintaining an effective teaching presence such as determining when and at what level teacher-student interaction should occur will be discussed. We will construct solutions to safety, ethical, and technical concerns. Additionally, we will explore discipline-specific sites where your students can contribute to the global field of knowledge.