The Power of Social Media (FutureLearn)

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The course is intended for anyone wanting to gain a basic understanding of social and digital networks. This might come before seeking out further study opportunities, starting a business, or as part of their existing training.
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 The Power of Social Media (FutureLearn)
Explore the impact of social media on the world and learn how to put it to good use in everyday life. Social networks have emerged over the past 10 years in various forms to play a fundamental role in our lives. But do we actually understand these networks? And are we using them in the right ways? This course will teach you not just about the qualities and differences between social networks but also the impact they can have on our lives.

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Understand different social networks

On this course you will explore the various properties of networks in order to understand more about how we can measure online power and influence.

Through doing this you will discover that networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have very distinct qualities. You’ll learn how these qualities can be used to your advantage in different ways.


Explore how social media can be used positively

The media are quick to report on negative aspects of social networking such as cyberbullying or identity theft, but we hear less about the benefits that occur when networks are used to enhance employability or raise awareness of good causes. On this course you’ll explore how social media can be used for good, not just at a personal level but at a societal level.


Learn how to manage your own social networks

Throughout the course you’ll learn different ways for managing your own networks in a professional way to help your own career development.

In fact the course itself is a social network. We encourage you to interact with other learners from all around the world to directly put into practice the lessons of the course and build your own online networks for learning and professional purposes.


Learn with well-known experts in Web Science

You’ll learn with well-known experts from the University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute, including lead educators, Associate Professors Lisa Harris and David Millard, and contributors, Professors Dame Wendy Hall and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.



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49.00 GBP
The course is intended for anyone wanting to gain a basic understanding of social and digital networks. This might come before seeking out further study opportunities, starting a business, or as part of their existing training.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.