The SMASH Framework

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SMASH is a ‘students as partners’ project which considers the potential of social media for learning. This student-led special interest group re-looks at the affordances digital and social media tools can provide in and out of the classroom; as a means to organise learning; to support learning and to showcase learning. SMASH is an acronym for
Social Media for Academic Studies at Hallam.

In 2016 the founding student members of SMASH developed three pillars for the use of social media for learning. Then in 2019 this framework was further developed to include a fourth pillar.

1. Helping staff to identify and use social media tools for communication and collaboration within and beyond the classroom (Learning Activities).

2. Helping students and staff to identify and use relevant social media tools to curate and organise information relating to learning (Organising Learning).

3. Helping students to prepare digital portfolios to openly share outcomes and projects to develop a professional online presence (Showcasing Learning).

4. Helping students to find resources online to support their wellbeing & academic studies whilst at University. (Supporting Learning)

The SMASH Framework


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