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The use of social media tools and platforms for sourcing information

The use of social media tools and platforms for sourcing information



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  • social media sowhat? michelle dalton using social media for information discovery
  • compared to traditional scholarly sources social media can be used to discover: more up-to-date information information not formally published the ‘hot’ topics in a subject area what your peers are reading & researching
  • Source: Bik, H. M., & Goldstein, M. C. (2013). An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists. PLoS biology, 11(4), e1001535. information behaviour is changing View slide
  • the shift from search to social source: techcrunchhttp://techcrunch.com/2012/07/09/pinterest-now-beating- google-referral-traffic-plus-bing-twitter-stumbleupon/ View slide
  • social media serves as a filter for information http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sieve_smetal_urface.jpg
  • all the same social media is not http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ifs-snow.png
  • https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zebra_3945_Nevit.svg different applications do different things
  • before you use social media always ask why? Source: http://techno-kitty.deviantart.com/art/question-mark-92591842
  • pick the right platform for your purpose http://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/6979113951/in/photostream/
  • What? Why? Blogs Long form narrative used to share complex ideas and information Build reputation & expertise Source of new, formative & emerging research Twitter 140 character micro-blogs used to share links & brief details One of the most current sources of new information Can quickly connect to a network of relevant experts & researchers using hashtags e.g. #budget14 Facebook Established social presence but a more ‘personal’ space Potential to be used as a social learning space but limited as an information discovery tool Pinterest Share images on a virtual pinboard Curate & organise information in a visual way Slideshare Upload & share presentations Search for conference and teaching presentations to help you learn more about or research a topic Images Flickr, Google Images; Share and comment on images Find reusable images for a paper or presentation Video YouTube, Vimeo: Upload and watch videos Watch conference presentations, webinars, online classes from universities, ‘How to’ help videos and more Bookmarking Delicious, Digg, Curate and collate useful links Online reading lists, collaborative project work Collaboration Google Drive / Docs, Wikispaces, PBWorks Collaborate on group projects, share and publish content Audio Audacity, Audioboo, Soundcloud: Record and share audio recordings Listen to lecture recordings, news broadcasts etc. which can be used as research sources and learning resources
  • blogs Long form narrative Emerging & formative research Prof. W. O’Connor, UL GEMS Inside the Brain
  • twitter Keep ‘up to date’ Discovery Crowdsourcing Build networks
  • pinterest collates information visually
  • slideshare conference & teaching powerpoint
  • youtube tv broadcasts how-to videos webcasts & conference presentations
  • vimeo videos
  • diigo find bookmarks tagged by topic
  • figshare datasets
  • audioboo podcasts & other audio
  • soundcloudpodcasts & other audio
  • visual.ly infographics
  • resuable media http://search.creativecommons.org
  • what do you use social media for?
  • “I use Twitter for serendipitous learning when I don’t know where to go for something to do – it’s a lucky bag” Michelle Gallen e-learning consultant, Belfast Source: http://c4lpt.co.uk/social-learning-handbook/100-examples-of-use-of-social-media-for-learning/
  • “I can search for Creative Commons photos which I can use for Powerpoint presentations”  Gabriela Grosseck, West University of Timisoara Source: http://c4lpt.co.uk/social-learning-handbook/100-examples-of-use-of-social-media-for-learning/
  • “Diigo is my primary social bookmarking tool … I do so much online research for both the courses I develop and for my own personal learning; a good system to track all the resources I find is indispensable” Christy Tucker, Instructional designer, US Source: http://c4lpt.co.uk/social-learning-handbook/100-examples-of-use-of-social-media-for-learning/
  • the student perspective
  • the professional perspective
  • social media sowhat? michelle dalton using social media for information discovery