Teaching students involved in emergency management how to use social media effectively

Kirstin Ross, Michael Taylor, Mitchell Fitzgerald

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    Social media tools can be used as a primary method of public communication during emergency events. However as the tools are interactive (i.e. information flows both ways and allows for responsiveness) this approach needs to be managed carefully. Social media sites are used to keep the public informed and help reduce possible anxiety. It is therefore important that students learn how to use these communication tools effectively, safely and legally and to examine incidents where they have been used poorly and well. Most popular existing social media sites own all content posted on their sites. This can create problems if they are to be used in teaching, particularly for teaching using simulations. A new social media site, called EmSpace, was developed to teach students involved in emergency management and public health protection to use social media tools effectively. This platform is described for others involved in teaching and learning to develop their own interactive online teaching and learning tool.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-25
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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