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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

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