PhD students and social media


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Presentation held during a workshop for PhD students of the Open University Graduate School in Heerlen on Friday, June 24th 2011.

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    1. 1. Let’s start with a baseline measurement <ul><li>Show of hands </li></ul><ul><li>Who uses social media? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informally? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionally? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which social media? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who feels that social media are important for a PhD student? </li></ul><ul><li>Who feels confident about using social media? </li></ul>
    2. 2. Indispensable Social media for a PhD student Steven Verjans CELSTEC & IPO2 #oupd11 #ounl
    3. 4. Programme <ul><li>Academia vs. digital academia? </li></ul><ul><li>PhD student as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Novice) knowledge professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher / Reviewer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher / Presenter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovator </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. The Boyer view of scholarship <ul><li>Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul>
    5. 6. Quote 2, borrowed from Martin Weller <ul><li>“ a majority of researchers are making at least occasional use of one or more web 2.0 tools or services for purposes related to their research: for communicating their work; for developing and sustaining networks and collaborations; or for finding out about what others are doing. But frequent or intensive use is rare, and some researchers regard blogs, wikis and other novel forms of communication as a waste of time or even dangerous” </li></ul><ul><li>( Proctor, Williams and Stewart (2010) </li></ul>
    6. 7. Quote 2, borrowed from Martin Weller <ul><li>Harley et al (2010) “We found no evidence to suggest that “tech-savvy” young graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, or assistant professors are bucking traditional publishing practices” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The advice given to pre-tenure scholars was consistent across all fields: focus on publishing in the right venues and avoid spending too much time on public engagement, committee work, writing op-ed pieces, developing websites, blogging, and other non-traditional forms of electronic dissemination” </li></ul>
    7. 8. Tenure and reward
    8. 9. Quote 2, borrowed from Martin Weller <ul><li>Cheverie et al (2009): “While this community talks about ‘publication’, the language used implies that digital scholarship is of significantly lesser value, and word of mouth to younger colleagues discourages digital scholarship in the hiring, tenure and promotion process </li></ul>
    9. 10. Digital scholarship = Open scholarship? <ul><li> </li></ul>
    10. 11. Hot topic?
    11. 12. “ Your mind is like a parachute. It only works if it is open.” A. D’Angelo (1995)
    12. 13. PhD student as knowledge professional <ul><li>Highly specialised knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>Who else is knowledgable in your domain? How many people in your specific area of research? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you find new knowledge in your domain? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do you find it? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How often do you meet colleagues in your area? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do you meet them? </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. PhD student as knowledge professional (2) <ul><li>PhD as temporary employee </li></ul><ul><li>Think about future ambition(s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work on your reputation as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. PhD student as knowledge professional (3) <ul><li>How to work on your (online) reputation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional: http:// / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher / presenter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation: e.g. in Researchgate </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. PhD student as knowledge professional (4) <ul><li>Keep up to date in your field </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    16. 18. PhD student as knowledge professional (4) <ul><li>Reputation is not a static thing </li></ul><ul><li>Active engagement with peer network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging with network – How? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share information & knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarks: http:// / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References: http:// / , , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microblogging: , </li></ul></ul>
    17. 19. Topic networks
    18. 20. PhD student as researcher <ul><li>Data collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online questionnaires / simulations (Example KULeuven) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Idea generation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microblog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open discussion forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog & comments </li></ul></ul>
    19. 21. PhD student as researcher (2) <ul><li>Idea development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online mindmaps – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared reasoning – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared writing – Wiki (Japanese studies) / GDocs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shared literature reading & review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+ annotating, commenting, discussion </li></ul></ul>
    20. 23. PhD student as writer of publications <ul><li>First embryonic ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweet / Discussion forum / etc. -> Reactions/retweets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First reflections on ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog / Wiki / etc. -> Reactions / comments / suggestions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First conceptual model / empirical results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference presentation -> Comments / backchannel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conceptual model / empirical results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal paper (Open Access?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always combined with online reputation building </li></ul>
    21. 25. PhD student as teacher / presenter <ul><li>Conference 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backchannel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter hashtag #oupd11 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinar / podcast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking with students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-creation </li></ul></ul>
    22. 27. PhD student as innovator <ul><li>Collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conference organisor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online event tools: Linkedin events / Facebook events / etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programme committee members / reviewers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference presence: hashtag / #cfp </li></ul></ul>
    23. 29. Let’s finish with a post-hoc measurement <ul><li>Show of hands </li></ul><ul><li>Who wants to use social media? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informally? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionally? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which social media? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who feels that social media are important for a PhD student? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel more ore less confident about using social media? </li></ul>