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Instructor uses social media to connect with students, assist in learning

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YUKON – The Auto Body Technology program at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Holt Campus is using social media to help in the classroom.

Instructor David Venard said he is getting more interaction with his students since he’s started a Twitter and Instagram account for his program.

“I call it 365 learning because social media allows me to post stuff on Twitter and grab their attention any hour of the day and any day of the week,” Venard said. “If I’m at home and I see something that I think will benefit my students, I send out a tweet that says, ‘Hey, watch this repair technique and we’ll talk about it tomorrow.’”

In addition to helping him reinforce his teaching, Venard uses social media to inform his students about the importance of maintaining a professional profile.

“I looked at my students’ profiles after I set up our program page, and I knew that professionalism was something I had to address,” Venard said. “Digital footprint and digital soft skills are very important, and it’s been something we’ve been ignoring up to this point. I tell them that they can lose their job because of the stuff they post on Twitter. They don’t think of it that way.”

Venard has had success reaching his students.

“Multiple students are using their Twitter pages to talk with me about new painting techniques, and it’s great to see them buying into this,” Venard said. “It makes my job even more fulfilling.”

Venard stressed that the only reason he’s been successful getting his students involved with his program on social media is because there was an established culture of trust.

“There has to be a culture of trust for this to work because there is 100 percent transparency on social media,” Venard said.

 To learn more about innovative learning methods that produce results, visit, or like them on Facebook at Canadian Valley Technology Center.

Kale Larkin

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Canadian Valley Technology Center

With campuses located in Chickasha, Yukon and El Reno, Canadian Valley Technology Center offers 22 different, full-time, career-focused programs for high school and adult students. Our training prepares students to further their education at the college-level, or to immediately enter the professional world. CV Tech also provides business and industry services and adult and continuing education courses to its community year-round. Additional information about CV Tech can be found at and statewide information is available at . Read more ›

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