E-Learning and social networking handbook


I recently did a review of the ‘e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook’ (Rennie and Morrison 2012). The book is an excellent introduction to social media and how they can be used to promote different pedagogical approaches. The authors state that the purpose of the book is to provide guidelines for integrating social networking into course design. They classify the tools as follows:

  • Audiographics
  • Blogs
  • e-Books
  • e-Portfolios
  • Games and Simulations
  • Instant Messaging
  • Mashups
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Forums
  • Photo Sharing
  • Podcasts
  • RSS Feeds
  • Second Life
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Social Networks
  • Twitter
  • Video Messaging
  • Wikis
  • Video Clips and YouTube
  • Video Chat 

For each tool they then provide: a description of the tool, discuss the educational challenges and the opportunities the tool provides for learning, the strengths of the resource, and potential disadvantages. They conclude with a chapter on the constraints on course design from the perspective of students, teachers and institutions.


Rennie, F. and T. Morrison (2012). e-Learning and social networking handbook – resources for higher education. London, Routledge.