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#Adjunct and #AltAc Empowerment: Using Twitter to Foster Online Learner Community in a Shifting Higher Education -- 4th International Academic Identities Conference 2014
Collingwood College, Durham University, UK
July 8-9, 2014

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  • 1. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 #Adjunct and #AltAc Empowerment: Using Twitter to Foster Online Learner Community in a Shifting Higher Education Jeffrey M. Keefer New York University, USA 4th International Academic Identities Conference 2014 Collingwood College, Durham University, UK July 8-9, 2014
  • 2. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Who uses Twitter? Why (not)? How?
  • 3. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Higher Education (HE) is changing!
  • 4. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Doctoral studies does not guarantee a full-time academic position.
  • 5. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 More doctorally prepared candidates than jobs = University hiring shifts = Reliance on adjunct, contingent, casual, or part-timers.
  • 6. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Why pay benefits or have troublesome long-term contracts when it is less expensive to buy when needed and let go when unnecessary?
  • 7. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 What does this all mean for those who have committed many years of their lives to engage in doctoral work, hoping for a permanent academic appointment that will increasingly become a fleeting dream?
  • 8. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Screaming in a 20-Mile Zone?
  • 9. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 How manage from a PhD worker’s perspective?
  • 10. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Full-time HE instructors is a cost, one of many, that needs to be managed to maximize return. Alas . . .
  • 11. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Those marginalized in higher education systems can feel alone and powerless. Why not network with one another for the support, ideas, and sharing of resources by those who need it for those who need it?
  • 12. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Networked Learning “Learning and teaching carried out largely via the Internet/Web which emphasizes dialogic learning, collaborative and cooperative learning, group work, interactions with on-line materials, and knowledge production” (McConnell, Hodgson, & Dirckinck-Holmdeld, 2012, p. 11). Communities of Practice Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. (Wenger, 2012, p. 1)
  • 13. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Twitter is used in courses and by academic institutions, and its growth as related to learner support is only increasing.
  • 14. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 How can this educational use expand to help those who teach as well, or at least those who want to teach in a full-time, regular capacity?
  • 15. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 It is in higher education hash tags < # > that informal communities develop, where new and unexpected academic identities may be known.
  • 16. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 #adjunct (adjunct, part-time, sessional, contingent instructors) #AdjunctChat (adjuncts who discuss set topics each week) #AltAc (alternative academic work) #PostAC (those who left FT HE teaching and research) #ECRchat (early career researchers) #ScholarSunday (suggesting scholarly academics to follow) #PhDChat (those on the road to a PhD)
  • 17. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 #adjuncts #auscasual #auscasuals #AdjunctBragging #NotYourAdjunctSidekick #adjunctivitis #HigherEd #IvoryTower #K12 #dreamers #undocumented #WeAreAllInThisTogether #adjunctnation #academicfreedom #aaup #badmin #research #phdforum #AcWri #digilit #nerdland #scotus #affirmativeaction #equity #cocal #cocalXI #madjunct #withaphd #phd #postphd #phdforum #contingent
  • 18. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 Next Steps: What value do you gain in using Twitter to network or collaborate in your work in higher education? How do you use Twitter tags to network or collaborate?
  • 19. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #ACIDC2014 #Adjunct and #AltAc Empowerment: Using Twitter to Foster Online Learner Community in a Shifting Higher Education Jeffrey M. Keefer New York University, USA 4th International Academic Identities Conference 2014 Collingwood College, Durham University, UK July 8-9, 2014