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Using social media and a few free online services, you can expand your professional development well beyond the annual conference. Technology can support sustained learning in community – and it …

Using social media and a few free online services, you can expand your professional development well beyond the annual conference. Technology can support sustained learning in community – and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this session, you’ll discover some of the professional benefits of online learning and social networking, and you’ll learn practical ways to use services like Twitter, blog readers and bookmarking apps to collect, manage and share information.

Gudridge, M. Social Media for Professional Development. (2014, April) Presented at the annual University of South Carolina Women's Leadership Institute, Columbia, SC.

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  • - Overwhelming?- You’re in charge. You’re going to create a collection of resources for learning – a personal learning network.
  • - convenient: any time, anywhere- immediate: 2011 DC/central Va. earthquake tweets reached us before tremors did- democratic: anyone – anyone in organization, anyone around the world – can participate; no status needed- expansive: absolutely everywhere- personalized: your specific combination of interests- communal: learning happens best in community – this expands your community
  • This is the truly transformational one, because it connects your PLN with everyone else’s PLN. Sign up, listen, follow some people, follow some people they follow…take some time to explore.
  • This is the truly transformational one, because it connects your PLN with everyone else’s PLN. Sign up, listen, follow some people, follow some people they follow…take some time to explore.
  • lists help you group people/organizations by field, association, organization…whatever makes sense to you
  • Use hashtags to follow topics you’re passionate about, including those that correspond with our professional competencies Ex: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - #msachat If you know something/come across a resource that you think might be helpful to someone else, share it with the appropriate hashtag. Give back at least as much as you take from Twitter. It’s the SHARING that makes it work.
  • Use hashtags to follow topics you’re passionate about, including those that correspond with our professional competencies Ex: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - #msachat If you know something/come across a resource that you think might be helpful to someone else, share it with the appropriate hashtag. Give back at least as much as you take from Twitter. It’s the SHARING that makes it work.
  • Scheduled weekly chats using designated hashtag for current events, timely discussion Ex: #AcAdv @AcAdvChat, Tuesdays 1 – 2 p.m. Backchannels concurrent with conferences and events Ex: #ACPA12 Remember to listen first – get to know community, rules, tone – then join in. And follow/talk to the people who are active in chats – they become your network
  • - Will begin by recommending people you know from your Gmail contact list, but the real value comes from people you don’t knowAlso uses hashtags to help you discover info you’re interested inEase of Facebook – commenting, +1, share With discovery power of Twitter
  • Use hashtags to follow topics you’re passionate about, including those that correspond with our professional competencies Ex: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - #msachat If you know something/come across a resource that you think might be helpful to someone else, share it with the appropriate hashtag. Give back at least as much as you take from Twitter. It’s the SHARING that makes it work.
  • Join a couple of communities you’re interested in (you can always leave)Add people who are valuable contributorsGoogle+ will recommend other communities
  • Interested but don’t have time? Email or use bookmarklet to save item to read/watch later
  • When you want to save something long-term, in a way you can actually find it again. This is your personal filing system, and it’s available in the cloud. Use tags – multiple ones – to help you find the info later. Your library is viewable by tag and searchable by keyword AND you can search public tags or view the tags of sources you trust Check out the Diigo in Education group- Share among your office or workgroup. Just create a hashtag and bookmark resources using that hashtag.
  • Join a couple of communities you’re interested in (you can always leave)Add people who are valuable contributorsGoogle+ will recommend other communities
  • You owe it to the communities to share informationYou’re taking info from the group, give something back!
  • Don’t forget to unplug! Get outside, have a cup of coffee or tea, meditate, just sit stillNot only is too much multitasking bad for our brains, it’s bad for our learning

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  • 1. “Sunday Paper” by Brendan Lynch, available under a Creative Commons attribution license 2.0 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/67122 123@N00/5273851215/ social media for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • 2. THIS is the internet 24 January 1999 by Bill Cheswick, Internet Mapping Project, at http://www.cheswick.com/ches/map/gallery/jan99-ip.gif
  • 3. “Swiss Army” by Jim Fanucci, available under a Creative Commons attribution license 2.0 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/22749993@N08/5363518281/ THIS is your personal learning network
  • 4. “The 21st century mind is a collective mind where we access what we know in our friends’ and colleagues’ brains. Together we can be smarter and can address ever more challenging problems. What we store in our heads may not be as important as all that we can tap in our networks. Together we are better.” Bingham, T. and Conner, M. The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media, 11.
  • 5. DISCOVERING Twitter Google+
  • 6. TWITTER twitter.com
  • 7. TWITTER hootsuite.com
  • 8. more for TWITTER #highered hashtags
  • 9. even more TWITTER higher ed chats & conference backchannels
  • 10. GOOGLE+ plus.google.com
  • 11. STORING Pocket Delicious
  • 12. POCKET getpocket.com
  • 13. DELICIOUS delicious.com search @maegan_g #wli14
  • 14. SHARING Twitter Google+ Pocket Delicious
  • 15. UNPLUG “Hammock in Bison Valley, Munnar, Kerala, India” by Juan Alberto Puentas Puertas, available under a Creative Commons attribution license 2.0 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/japp19 67/8583287102/
  • 16. QUESTIONS?
  • 17. THANKS! Maegan Gudridge maegan@sc.edu @maegan_g slideshare.net/maegangudridge