An internship is one of the highlights of a student’s university life as it bridges their theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom into real-world situations. This experience may even shape a student’s professional successes after graduation. The popularity of social media, alongside the change in education needs and interests of tech-savvy students, calls for innovating pedagogical practices. Currently, there is a great research interest in the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn as facilitators of learning, and the author brings this interest firmly into the context of internships. The primary purpose of this book is to respond to the need to reorient the way internship programs are delivered by (a) enriching knowledge on utilizing social media to aid learning, (b) discussing practical strategies on the use of social media to help optimize internship learning, and (c) introducing a research-driven, practical, and holistic approach to design, implement, review, and enhance an internship program that involves collaboration with major stakeholders.
This book examines different aspects of social media and internship learning, from theoretical discussions to practical recommendations. Part I, “Theoretical Foundations”, provides an overview on social media, internships, and learning theories. These concepts are brought together in Part II, “Using Social Media for Experiential Internship in Higher Education Institutes”. Part III “Setting up Online Platforms for Experiential Internship Learning” caps off with practical guides on creating an online learning environment and assessment. This book is intended for faculty internship supervisors, educators, university administrators and policymakers, workplace internship supervisors, and researchers.
*Introduce a research-driven, practical, and holistic approach to design, implement, review, and enhance an internship program that involves collaboration with major stakeholders *Explore practical strategies on the use of social media to help optimize internship learning *Demonstrate the setting of online platform for experiential internship learning