Supporting academic conferences using Social Media

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How can academic conferences be supported by Social Media? This case study looks at the Developments in Economics Education (dee09) conference. A simple WordPress blog was supplemented by Flickr photos, YouTube videos, Delicious links and Twitter feeds.

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Supporting academic conferences using Social Media

  1. 1. Supporting academic conferences using Social Media: DEE09 Paul Ayres http://dee09. wordpress .com/ [email_address]
  2. 10. The Events Lifecycle <ul><li>Before </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on an event tag in advance dee09 </li></ul><ul><li>Set up blog in advance and promote it </li></ul><ul><li>During </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage attendees to use event tag </li></ul><ul><li>Will stream content into the blog automagically </li></ul><ul><li>Reward attendees who leave comments / interact </li></ul><ul><li>After </li></ul><ul><li>Use blog to write up outcomes ASAP after </li></ul>
  3. 11. What worked well <ul><li>Setting up the blog beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>Photos, with a dedicated person </li></ul><ul><li>Writing up after the event </li></ul>
  4. 12. What could be improved <ul><li>More people / clearer roles </li></ul><ul><li>Profusion of gadgets </li></ul><ul><li>Wi-Fi / Internet connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Video Vox Pops </li></ul><ul><li>Live blogging / Tweeting </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with attendees </li></ul>

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