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  • Digital Footprints – they’re already there, so create the ones you want.Hopes for this session – how might social media play a role in your careers as researchers and teachers?
  • Ways of presenting yourself and building that presence to gain value as teacher, researcher, job seeker
  • What is social media? What is a digital identity? What’s the role of these in academic life? In your academic life? How can it help you as a young scholar? What are your concerns and hesitations?Social not socializingPersonalized not personalEngaging in a network not Working a networkRelationships of choiceRelationships of coincidence
  • IndependentUnidirectional LinearUsed to push material
  • Interconnected – InterdependentDistributed - DiscussionLearning Networks – Personal and Professional
  • GOALSWhat will you create? How will you use? How will it connect – overall? to you? to your work? What will be the impact – on learning, teaching, scholarship, quality of life?
  • The components that link together require a contructivist mindset / approach to teaching and practice as learner
  • Gathering from news (re)sourcesReviewing new publicationsSwapping of resources / ideas akin to conference and other hallway conversationsFeedback in the midst of work at the bench, in the field, at the keyboard and in the library development of collaborationSocial Media as international, interdisciplinary, cross-professions channels for content and conversation
  • Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Broadcast Gather Market ConnectMicro-blogging 140 character answers to “what’s happening?” in existence since 2006. It’s not always easy to see the value in answering this simple question, especially in an environment where we are used to explaining complex ideas in 5000 word journal articles or 80 000 word books. See: Device-agnosticReal-time - Everything is immediate and everything is relevant now.Social network (not the noise of the world, just what the people you are interested in are saying)chatting over lunch at a conference / not the keynote though – it doesn’t matter if you miss anything –scholarly web /With an account Without an accountSearch SearchRead ReadFollowReplyWriteGather an audienceForward
  • Who do we talk to?Counterpart services at other HEIsInternal partnersExternal servicesPotential future service usersThe general publicCurrent services usersDirect, public Q&AHigher accountabilityPre-emptive responses
  • PurposesHear ideasEngage perspectivesTalk internationallySocial Networking - builds connections as participant engages with peopleTwitterBloggingConference StreamingMOOCs – Stanford, Princeton, UMich, UPennSocial Awareness – builds connections are people engage with databasesDirect2ExpertsMendeleyAcademia.eduSlideshare.netPersonasPersonalPersona-ProfessionalIndividual / Collective OrganizationalTotally OrganizationalCharacter– Education Hulk– Mary WollstonecraftRESEARCHERS – share pubs, ask questions, crowdsource data, reach external audiences, show/share collaboration, mentor, conference tweeting, research in process tweetingDEPARTMENTS – speakers, resources, lnk to alum and similar units, gather feedback, ReTweet/Share from elsewhere
  • CommentShareLikeGoogle ReaderBring into ClassGuest blogFoster development of organizational blogs
  • Well-composed Tweets and other messages
  • Search, and use people resultsIf you find someone useful, see who they followExplore other people’s lists Favourites are a useful too, separating scan-read worthy stuff from the pearls that you’ll come back to.
  • Tagging 101 Hash A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags | favourite academic tweeters: lists available to browse by subject area


  • 1. Creating Digital Identities in Support of 18 March 2012 Research, Teaching & Learning
  • 2. What social mediado you use?What are yourgoals for today?Have a look atexamples in the outerring of this diagram(also in handouts) andadd your platforms intothe tally on the whiteboard.Then add to the listingof “goals for today.”
  • 3. About.Me
  • 4. from anonymousto personalised
  • 5. Not So Much Anymore?
  • 6. Academic Dr Alec CourosSo, now what?
  • 7. Ross Dawson, Marketing facts,, Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0
  • 8. identity is distributed but connected 66
  • 9. s/l/ engagement public & community collaboration Photo by ♥KatB Photography♥ & = Identity Digital Reputation Presence
  • 10. Getting Started... analyze your needs determine your purpose and what best suits your needs search out „your community‟ map and plan to develop your full Personal Learning Environment - human, print, electronic/digital
  • 11. Image from Learning with „e‟s ple.html
  • 12. Digital Identity as Portfolioshowcase your professional world attend to What? and to So What? showcase your roles embed your “unique” share your passion use your voice
  • 13. how and where you
  • 14. Building an Academic Digital Identity1  Highlight material useful to colleagues  Seek collaborators  Source co-authors  Network with colleagues prior to conferences  Engage in research discussions  Review feeds from [colleagues at] conferences  Meet contacts, mentors, peers, collaborators  Follow calls for funds & calls for participants at seminars Web 2.0 for research: building an online academic identity, by Lorraine Warren;
  • 15. Building an Academic Digital Identity2  Crowd source ask questions, gauge audience, expand resources  Follow resources in real time  Track entities professional organizations & conferences  Curate resources social bookmarking for self, others, entities  Post calls for readers, reviewers, papers, proposals in new realms  Contribute resources open access  Maintain connections  Publish open access, peer reviewedT ext Using Web 2.0 for research: building an online academic identity, by Lorraine Warren;
  • 16. what‟s the value of twitter? collectiveintelligence
  • 17. Twitter Conventions - Summarized• @UMinnTeachLearn is our Twitter handle• Messages that start @UMinnTeachLearn are directed at us, and often expect a response• Messages that contain @UMinnTeachLearn are referencing us• #phdchatUMN is a hashtag – a self generated way of labelling dialogue on a topic
  • 18. How might you be a blogger without hosting a blog?hoto by M i x Y (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • 19. How might you curate your presence as a Teacher? Researcher? Job seeker?
  • 20. What can be your style(s)? Audience Use what is there, use email, access information, maybe register accounts on FB, watch youtube, maybe use in presentations, text on mobile, largely individualized activity Creator Use and create what is there, create video, sound, upload, keep a blog, update, use FB for social events, use smart phone, access, join and participate in existing networks Disruptor Create new networks, develop activities based on real-time events and breaking news, main space of professional identity is online, rigorously maintained, download apps onto smartphone and extend Using Web 2.0 for research: building an online academic identity, by Lorraine Warren;
  • 21. How do I do that?
  • 22. the importance offollowing & followers
  • 23. tag it!ttp://
  • 24. which tools will you select?
  • 25. Ilene D. Alexander = Ilene Dawn Alexander = IleneDawnTEACHING NETWORKING• - ida8101 •• * •• * ••• * FUTURE • pdworksPERSONAL • Moodle• • Tumblr• * • VoiceThread - done • – done: & LEARNING• *• * = maintain work-related version of the platform, too•
  • 26. SummaryIf timely communication, engagement, relationshipsand conversation are considered of value to academicactivities then, if used effectively, platforms such asTwitter can have a marked impact.[I]f we think of a role of academic work to engage withpeople, to spark conversations and debate, pulltogether specialists in a field to network we find thevalue of social media. Social media pulls insidersout, and allows outsiders in to organizations, so thatthey can create a more meaningful relationshipbetween themselves and their academic work andcommunities. and @KTDigital
  • 27. Select Resources • Personal Learning Network - WikiPODia • Weblossary and Glossary of Key Terms • Twitter - WikiPODia • Christina Costa - academic digital identity • Lorraine Warren - online academic identity • Your Twitter Community - hashtag basics • Creating Your Own Hashtag - video • Academic Tweeters - lists and lists • Seth Godin & Tom Peters - blogging • Gareth Morris - researcher blogging • Creative Commons and Flickr
  • 28. Ilene D. Alexander Cristina Costa @IleneDawn @cristinacostThanks to Lucy Hawkins @CareersLucy & Kate Lindsay @KTDigital (University of Oxford) for their slideshare