From l&t to research

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From l&t to research

  1. 1. Agenda Intro to ebooks for T&L From T&L to research: eBooks Intro to Twitter for T&L From T&L to research: Twitter Some reading
  2. 2. eBooks Are digital documents that may or may not be printable They are distributed by the network They are read on networked devices (computer, tablet, smart phone) A good way to make a ‘textbook’
  3. 3. Textbooks? An alternative to lecture material Can be easily repurposed into the lecture A codified, centralised resource for students Which presents the ‘narrative’ of the course And: You are also codifying your own knowledge
  4. 4. How to make an eBookSoft option: A pdf file, uploaded to a web page (blog) (or into Blackboard if you want to keep it private)Hard core: Make a proper eBook using something like iAuthor, then publish it to the iBook storeProblem:Ebooks won’t be accessible to everyone, so you probably alwaysneed the pdf as well
  5. 5. My pdf eBookSoft option: A pdf file, uploaded to a web page (blog) (or into Blackboard if you want to keep it private)Hard core: Make a proper eBook using something like iAuthor, then publish it to the iBook storeProblem:Ebooks won’t be accessible to everyone, so you probably alwaysneed the pdf as well
  6. 6. My pdf eBook
  7. 7. My pdf eBook
  8. 8. My pdf eBook
  9. 9. iBooks (Apple’s eBook)Pros: You can include video, audio and interactive media You can publish it in Apple’s iBook store (possibly for $$$)
  10. 10. iBook eBookCons: iBook store approval process is time-consuming Learning the layout software is more complex Relatively few students will be able to read it
  11. 11. iBook eBook
  12. 12. iBook eBook
  13. 13. eBooks – from teaching to research I published the pdf on my blog, advertised it via a tweet to a doco research hashtag, they blogged it and someone else scooped their blog and … Bob’s my uncle, approx. 20000 hits on my blog page… Makes it an easier job to go publish an article with the textbook under my belt, plus I’ve started to establish my rep.
  14. 14. Twitter for L&T Joining Twitter is only the first part. I have two Twitter accounts, one for personal (@geniwate) and one for teaching (@Jenny Weight). All students have to join Twitter. It’s best to get them following each other (and you) However, what you really need it for everyone to use the course hashtag. You make this up yourself. Hashtag for my course Transient Spaces is #transpaces Warning: hashtags are not private. You can set up a private group but it’s a bit fiddly. I prefer to educate students to send private things (and assessment) by email
  15. 15. Twitter for L&TThe other thing you need is a way to read your tweets.Going to Twitter itself is not very efficient. Hootsuite: the best way if you use a computer to read tweets
  16. 16. Twitter for L&T TweetDeck: good if you useyour mobile phone FlipBoard is good for an iPad You can also put a Twitterwidget on your blog
  17. 17. Twitter from L&T to research Unleash the power of the hashtag! Good for trending topics, getting the pulse of current opinion Eg, for my documentary on cyclists, I create and read a Twitter feedabout the#cyclist hashtag:
  18. 18. Useful site for doing hashtag research Unleash the power of the hashtag! Good for trending topics, getting the pulse of current opinion Eg, for my documentary on cyclists, I create and read a Twitter feedabout peopleusing the#cyclist hashtag:
  19. 19. Combining Twitter and personal publishing Use Twitter to publicise your projects to the relevant interest groups Do this by working out what hashtags they use on twubs, and who are the top users (tweeps) of those hashtags. Then tweet to that hashtag/s, and direct message to the tweep/s My students are doing this too Watch your stuff go viral!
  20. 20. Resources Kirsten A. Johnson (2011): The effect of Twitter posts on students’ perceptions of instructor credibility, Learning, Media and Technology, 36:1, 21-38

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