Dr Rachel Cowen , Research Staff Trainer, University of Manchester Mr Alex Hardman , E-Learning Developer, University of Manchester
Objectives for today
Explore the digital world and how researchers can use it to:
develop their reputation through a digital identity
keep on top of literature
extend your research connections
Mechanical Age Electronic Age
Mechanical Age Electronic Age Digital Age
Social bookmarking/ referencing Wiki’s RSS Podcasting (sharing audio) Blogging/ micro-blogging Chat Slide sharing Searching WE CAN create, publish, broadcast, connect, share, search User generated recommendation
Video: The Machine is Us/ing Us
What are your top five tools and activities in terms of:
What do you do?
What software do you use?
What hardware do you use?
Where do you do it?
My personal digital space Information : Writing : Word Finding : Google Blogging : Wordpress/ Blogger Presenting : PowerPoint Recording : Soundbooth Video : Premiere Bookmarks : Delicious, Citeulike Communication : Writing : Email Talking : Mobile/ Skype/ MSN Texting : SMS/ Twitter Learning : Google, twitter, blogs, forum, web confs, email lists Dissemination : Twitter, Blog, SlideShare Where : Office Coach/ Train Home Conferences
What research activities do you currently do and what tools do you use?
How do you think technology can be used to support:
Group or project communication and collaboration
Research dissemination and wider community engagement
Ways in which you present yourself and your work
Data collection and analysis
Your life as a researcher
Academic outputs (papers etc)
Professional development (formal and informal learning)
What did you find? Are you happy with it?
Is it up to date? Does it showcase you and your research? Is it personal or professional? Could it be improved (if so how?), Pleased…disappointed…worried!?
Manchester web profile
h-Factor Web link: wok.mimas.ac.uk
Developing your digital identity - 3 examples of useful tools
Sharing PowerPoint presentations, disseminating your research to a wider audience, comments on your slides
The latest news, ideas, conference back channel, social and work, community
Twitter in plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/Twitter
Top reasons to use Twitter http://online-social-networking.com/top-reasons-for-using-twitter
Reflection, archive of research, peer critique, disseminating
Personal / research area?
Individual / collective?
Blogs in plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs
Top reasons to blog http://elearningtech.blogspot.com/2006/10/top-ten-reasons-to-blog-and-top-ten.html
Blogs - Things to ask yourself
Does your research field have active bloggers?
Setting one up is easy
Getting your blog on the digital map
Developing a digital identity
Social Referencing (think Endnote + Web2)
RSS “ R eally S imple S yndication”
enables other sites to Subscribe to that information
What does Subscribe actually mean?
The Internet & Higher Education Open Thinking Educational Technology, Research and Development ALT-J The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Innovate: Journal of Online Education British Journal of Educational Technology
Staying on top of hot topics in your area Most downloaded http://top25.sciencedirect.com Most cited http://info.scopus.com/topcited http://bit.ly/comped