From l&t to research

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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. My pdf eBook
  • 7. My pdf eBook
  • 8. My pdf eBook
  • 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. 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. iBook eBook
  • 12. iBook eBook
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Resources Kirsten A. Johnson (2011): The effect of Twitter posts on students’ perceptions of instructor credibility, Learning, Media and Technology, 36:1, 21-38