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Social Media for the Wise Genealogist
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NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. Please click on the Supplies tab for details.

Social Media for the Wise Genealogist is a six week course for students who are interested in learning how social networking can help them as genealogists. The methodology behind using social network sites will be discussed.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is extremely pleased to be able to use, as the primary text for this course, an outstanding book on this subject, authored by Drew Smith, Social Networking for Genealogists (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009), to explore behind the scenes of social networking.

Because the course reading material is not proprietary to the National Institute’s course, access to the electronic text of mandatory course reading material will NOT be available online. The course syllabus will primarily serve as a guide to the content of Smith’s book. In addition, it will present some supplemental material, as well as the assignments.

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1

Introduction
  • A Word of Caution
  • Privacy

    Social Networking, RSS & Tags
  • Web Addresses
  • Key Terms
  • Required Reading
  • Additional Course Notes

    Module 2
    Message Boards, Mailing Lists & Blogs
  • Web Addresses
  • Key Terms
  • Required Reading

    Additional Course Notes
  • Message Boards
  • Mailing Lists
  • Blogs
  • Microblogs

    Module 3
    Wikis, Collaborative Editing & Photo/Video Sharing
  • Web Addresses
  • Key Terms
  • Required Reading

    Additional Course Notes
  • Wiki Considerations
  • Collaborative Editing
  • Photo and Video Sharing

    Module 4
    Social Bookmarking & Personal Library Sharing
  • Web Addresses
  • Required Reading

    Additional Course Notes
  • Library Sharing

    Module 5
    Podcasts, GenealogyWise, Chats & Live Meetings
  • Web Addresses
  • Key Terms
  • Required Reading

    Additional Course Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Social Networking

    GenealogyWise
  • Becoming a Member
  • Content Posted on GenealogyWise
  • My Page
  • Settings
  • Adding Photos
  • Groups
  • Videos
  • Chats
  • Problems/Suggestions

    Chat Rooms
    Live Meetings

    Module 6
    Virtual Worlds & Genealogy-Specific Social Networking
  • Web Addresses
  • Key Terms
  • Required Reading

    Additional Course Notes
  • Second Life & the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Genealogy-Specific Social Networking
  • More Family Tree Sharing Websites
  • Warning
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