Picking a "textbook" and readings in social media is tough because it is changing so fast that it will be very challenging to stay current. I'm not planning on one textbook, but rather I plan on having each student select a book that seems relevant to their interest in social media. The target audience includes grad students majoring in PTC, management,communications, media, IT and design. The course will look at how organizations can use social media as communication tools for marketing, education & training and community building.
I decided to go social - as in crowdsourcing - for ideas about books to use in the course.
I asked last April for readers to contribute to a presentation that I was prepping for a conference and I created a collaborative web page at disposablewebpage.com which was set to expire (dispose of itself) after a pre-set amount of time. You can read that earlier post and see that it was fairly successful. There were 19 revisions made to the page - which is not overwhelming, but they were good responses and there was no vandalism or spamming.
I set up another "disposable webpage" on the topic "Designing Social Media Readings" and invited readers back in the end of December to participate by contributing titles of books on social media that they think would be appropriate readings for the course.
So far, there are 18 books that have been suggested by 11 people other than me. Some has given short blurbs and provided links to book information (such as on amazon.com). One title is available free online.
The list will dispose of itself on March 22. Of course, I will copy the content before that (Reminder to Ken) to use in the course, and I will post the results here on the blog.