Advocating Professional Social Networking to Academics

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A presentation by Paula Anne Beasley & Linda Norbury, Subject Advisors (College of Engineering & Physical Sciences) Library Services, University of Birmingham to ALISS summer conference 2011

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Advocating Professional Social Networking to Academics

  1. 1. Advocating Professional Social Networking to Academics Paula Anne Beasley & Linda Norbury Subject Advisors (College of Engineering & Physical Sciences) Library Services, University of Birmingham
  2. 2. Web 2.0 in research and teaching <ul><li>Case studies in academia e.g. “Learning In 140-Character Bites” http://prism-magazine.org/oct09/tt_01.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdotal evidence of Web 2.0 use in research </li></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0 technologies <ul><li>Knowledge of these technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students (including early career Researchers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>University of Birmingham policy </li></ul><ul><li>Who is training the lecturers and researchers? </li></ul>
  4. 4. To address the skills gap <ul><li>Facilitate the use of Web 2.0 technologies where they could be shown to have benefits for teaching and research. </li></ul><ul><li>Close the knowledge gap within the academic staff population by offering basic training in an accessible environment </li></ul>
  5. 5. Staff Survey <ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform training content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>email </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Some comments from the survey <ul><li>Twitter is virtually useless, but I have made use of Tumblr as a simple form of blogging </li></ul><ul><li>I've actually backed away from using such tools because I have found them counterproductive to enhancing student learning ! </li></ul><ul><li>For research, I use rss feeds </li></ul><ul><li>The iGoogle homepage is rather handy as it allows Google reader and twitter feeds to be displayed on one page. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other issues raised in the survey replies <ul><li>Student responses to Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Security of services. </li></ul><ul><li>University policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Right tools for the job? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Training session – event planning <ul><li>Invitations </li></ul><ul><li>Advertised as a basic introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Aim - demystification </li></ul>
  9. 9. Training session - planning <ul><li>Attendees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Venue </li></ul><ul><li>Session content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs and micro-blogging </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Training session - delivery <ul><li>Houston we have a problem! </li></ul><ul><li>http://epssubjectadvisors.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/EPSSubjctAdvice </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers to achieving aims </li></ul><ul><li>Self-enrolment course </li></ul>
  11. 17. Follow Up <ul><li>What the Academics did next (Feedback) </li></ul><ul><li>WebCT support material </li></ul>
  12. 18. Next Steps <ul><li>Blog launch </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar dates </li></ul>
  13. 19. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Don’t let Linda go on holiday! </li></ul><ul><li>Course dates </li></ul>

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