Did you know that Yammer is a great way to kickstart conversation inside and outside the classroom? How?
Inside the Classroom
- Live question and answer session
- Use for quick group work projects
- Distribute content using the “Files” area
- Wiki group work using the “Pages” option
Outside the Classroom
- Pre class discussion
- FAQ location for course related question
- Peer to peer interaction
- Course file sharing
- Live discussion / “chat”
If you are interested in using Yammer in the classroom please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a couple of great intro videos from Yammer.
Yammer Getting Involved: The Feeds from Yammer on Vimeo.
Yammer Getting Together: Groups from Yammer on Vimeo.
As always, consider attending a Yammer training session. Go to training.ecu.edu to sign up.
Over the coming weeks you will be learning more and more about ECU’s adoption of Yammer. Some backend work is being done right now to put Single Sign On in place. Once that is done the rollout and marketing will begin.
Are you a member of the Yammer community? Would you like to help us come up with some focused topics to discuss? If so, please consider participating in a YamJam we are hosting on the Sept 16th from 8-5pm.
“What would you like to talk about on Yammer? On September 16th from 8-5pm we are going to have a “YamJam”. A YamJam is simply a date and time in which a certain topic is discussed. Since we don’t want to assume we know what you are interested in discussing, our first YamJam will be about potential topics of interest. As you post topics please add #yamjam to the end of your post. This will allow others to track this #hashtag as the discussion expands. When you see an idea you like, please choose the “LIKE” button at the bottom of the post. This is your way of giving the submitted idea a “thumbs up”. The best thing about Yammer is it allows everyone to be heard, everyone to have a voice! Here is one example of how a YamJam was used recently by the Head of Transport Operations at Brighton & Hove City Council. http://bit.ly/aehylY
Video Explanation - http://www.vimeo.com/14858258
Here is how to participate.
1 – Login to Yammer and simply post your idea(s). Add the hashtag #yamjam to your post. E.G. ” I would like to discuss online course quality. #yamjam “
2 – If you do not have an account on Yammer yet simply go to http://yammer.com and add your ECU email address. You will be sent simple instructions on how to create your account. It will only take about a minute to get up and running.
3 – If you see a topic that you like click the “LIKE” button to vote below below the post. This is you saying ” I like this idea “
Yammer can be using in hundreds of ways to increase conversation and collaboration across a given network. One of the most interesting examples is what’s called a “YamJam” . A YamJam is simply a planned conversation based around predetermined topics at a planned time.
This idea has unlimited possibilities that range from the classroom to the university network. A YamJam might be used to brainstorm an idea in a course chapter or it could be used for community feedback on larger university issues like budget or planning. If you are interested in planning a YamJam within your unit or classroom please send me a message at email@example.com or call me at 252-328-9866.
Lastly, take a look at this Yammer blogpost about a successful YamJam by the head of Transport Operations at Brighton & Hove City Council. Here is the link. —–> YamJam Blog Post.
Yammer just announced that it passed 1 million users. Good news! The company’s financials seems to be headed in the right direction. It’s always important to keep an eye on this kind of information since many of these 2.0 companies don’t really have a realistic business plan for longterm success. Once the VC money goes away so does the company.
Here is the article from Venture Beat. – http://social.venturebeat.com/2010/07/20/yammer-1-million-users/
Each week I will be blogging about a yammer tip to make your life a bit easier in Yammer. These tricks will consist of how to more effectively use Yammer, uses of Yammer and a review of any new Yammer features as they are added. If you have a question about Yammer (what it can do, what it can’t do) please just leave a comment and I will reply back.
Here is a list of the Yammer Tips I have already added. In Yammer search for #yammertips.
And we are off…..
Welcome to the ECU Yammer Pilot blog. I will be blogging from this site 1-2 times a week about ECU’s Yammer Pilot, Tips and Tricks and anything else Yammer related. This site is still a work in progress and I hope to add the finishing touches over the next couple of days. If you have any suggestions at all please feel free to add a comment. All blog posts will be “pushed” to the ECU Yammer feed.