Using Social Media in Academic Practice


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Co-presented with LeRoy Hill at Future Learningscapes; a 21st Century Challenge e-Learning Conference, University of Greenwich on 7 July 2010. Case study of a collaborative student-led training initiative with the Jubilee Graduate Centre at the University of Nottingham.

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Using Social Media in Academic Practice

  1. 1. Using Social Media in Academic Practice: A Student-led Training Initiative Andy Coverdale & LeRoy Hill University of Nottingham
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sessions in social and participative media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD students and Early Career Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported and hosted by the Jubilee Graduate Centre Rationale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The effective use of social and participative media is increasingly becoming a key requirement in 21st Century academic practice and professional development </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Key Drivers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Gap’ in formal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD training provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student-led initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>& professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>peer-supported activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching opportunity </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Graduate Centres </li></ul><ul><ul><li>xxx 5 Graduate Centres (3 Faculty-based / 2 campus-based) xxx Core Objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty-specific training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social and careers events, and work placement programmes xxx Researcher-led Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop researchers’ own skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support and develop peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance employability potential </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>RCUK Joint Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training Requirements for Research Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Management : identifying appropriate resources and acquiring data effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Effectiveness : demonstrating creativity, innovation and initiative, able to identify own training needs, motivation, use of sources of support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Skills : articulation of ideas and arguments to wide ranging audience, supporting the learning of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking and Team Working : developing co-operative networks and relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Management : taking ownership of career and improving employability, awareness of transferable nature of research skills </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Sessions: Overview </li></ul><ul><li>xxx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three lunchtime sessions (2 hours each) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited to 20 people per session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-survey and Twitter feed - attendees’ interests, experiences and expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive - discussion activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools: annotated links to key social media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources: annotated links to guides, tutorials and best practice examples </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>The Sessions: Key Aims </li></ul><ul><li>xxx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding common ground between Web 2.0 ‘core values’ and academic practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing wider concepts - digital identity, Open Access / Education models, collaborative practices etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aligning with social learning concepts and models - communities of practice, network theories etc. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>The Sessions: Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Processes / Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Tools / Platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Session One : Introduction to social media, underlying concepts, values and technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Session Two : Blogging, Twitter, tagging and social bookmarking, resource sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Session Three : Social networking and collaboration, aggregation and syndication, Personal Learning Environments </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Key Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>xxx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited awareness and use of social media for academic purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong respect of / reliance on traditional forms of research practice, discourse and dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural differences in social media adoption across disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>xxx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value opportunities for sharing good practices and experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concerns over time-intensiveness of using social media in studies </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Key Training / Policy Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>xxx Training Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disciplinarity - engaging with multi-disciplinary audiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing inequalities in skills, competencies and experiences xxx Policy Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of student initiatives into formal graduate training provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiring further student-led initiatives </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Current and Future Development </li></ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repeat sessions at Jubilee Graduate Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One-day session at the Engineering Graduate Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in JISC Digital Literacies Materials Pilot programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Towards integrated programme - open workshops, seminars, online community development etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration into formal PGR training programme? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable models for shared practice </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Xxx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate to traditional academic practices - publishing, conferencing etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify challenging and augmenting properties of social media adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt holistic perspectives of social media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on academic and professional community / network development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise the need for coping strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote critical and reflective approaches </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Thank You! Questions, Comments, Suggestions? LeRoy Hill Andy Coverdale email: email: twitter: @leroyh twitter: @andycoverdale