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Social Media and Digital Skills in Higher Education



Invited speaker at London Met University to talk about the use of social media in higher education.

Invited speaker at London Met University to talk about the use of social media in higher education.



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  • Teaching, Learning, and Sharing:How Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media
  • Professional Learning in the Digital Age ~ Kristen Swanson

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  • Social Media and Digital Skills in Higher Education Sue Beckingham MA FSEDA FHEA
  • The Times They Are a-Changin’. Again... Bob Dylan 1964
  • A marked shift to being nearly always switched on
  • How Todays Higher Education Faculty are using Social Media report Personal Teaching Professional
  • Annual How Todays HigherEducation Faculty are using Social Media report Moran, Seaman and Tinti- Kane (Pearson) 2012: 16
  • Research Academic Student Professional Professional Development Development UsingUniversity Social Recruitment Comms Media in HE Student Peer Support Guidance Teaching
  • (Solis 2009)
  • But where to start when there is so much choice?
  • A personal perspective Personal Learning NetworksYou have the choice of how and with whom you network and learn with and from
  • Knowledge is of twokinds. We know a subjectourselves, or we knowwhere we can findinformation upon it. Samuel Johnson The Life of Samuel Johnson James Boswell 1775
  • = my social space
  • Connective Intelligence
  • Social tools to help organise learning
  • Developing graduate skillsneed which include digital literacies and a professional online presence
  • Developing anUnderstanding of theimpact of our digital footprints
  • Swanson 2013:6
  • Professional Skills1. Critical thinking and problem solving2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence3. Agility and adaptability4. Initiative and entrepreneurialism5. Effective oral and written communication6. Accessing and analyzing information7. Curiosity and imagination TeachThought 2013
  • CreativityFosters deeper learningBuilds confidenceEnables collaborationDifferent spaces for reflection
  • 9 Characteristics of 21st Century Learning
  • ?????? Social Media Policy ORSocial Media Guidance?
  • Advocates well developed profile, active user, connected, sharing, collaborating. Dabblers profile partially set up, The power of online often then forgotten,Sue Beckingham sporadic visits, lowEducational connections contribution.Developer • recruitment/job seeking However • develop a personal brand • opportunity to learn and share …. an Unengaged • global connections unprofessional unaware of potential, not • six degrees of separation profile can be part of the conversation. • maintain connections more damaging • ongoing 24/7 networking than not having ! • ability to be known and found one at all. Questions to consider Who ? Who will look at your online Why ? profile? Why is your profile important? will find you! What What do people want to know When and how often do you Whe ? n? about you? update it? Wher Where will they use this How will you use your profile How e? ? information? to your advantage?
  • Support andGuidance
  • The Value ofNetworking and Sharing
  • Sharing seeds of ideas...Two heads are often better than one
  • To progress we need to enable blue-sky thinking Creative ideas that are not limited by current thinking or beliefs