LTDC: Professional networks, gin, and pretty pictures: social media communities for CPD
gin, and pretty
pictures: social media
communities for CPD
R. John Robertson
LTDC Regional Showcase
UW Stevens Point 2013-03-13
What this presentation is not about
● Gin prompting unfortunate facebook status
Communication and status tools such as:
● Twitter /Facebook
● Delcious/ Diigo / Scoop.it / Pinterest / etc.
● (sort of, but also another discussion about
what is publishing; digital scholarship etc.)
Affordances of Technologies
Affordances of social media
● not controlled | vulnerable?
● often instant | how quick a response?
● brief | what sort of communication?
● more or less open/ public | boundaries?
● distant community made local | but which
Twitter - my tool of choice
distributed community of practice
network of tools and services
network is easy and easy to flex
But pick a tool and remember that it's not yours
think about data export
hold the community tightly and platform lightly ;
replicate contacts across tools
be aware that the community and technology IS
transitory (e.g. tweetdeck)
What you do online, especially with social
media is *public*
Yes, there are various privacy protection
mechanisms but once you write and share it it's
outside of your control.
Think about privacy and creating space for
Helping the academic debate, conference chat,
journal paper, and water cooler integrate into
an online world.
● How do you interact with your peers?
● What parts of that might replicate to an
● What won't?
Where to begin?
Phone a Friend?
● find someone
you know and
see who they
● look on their
page and watch
search for a conference #tag look at who is
● are they extending the conversation beyond
● are they commenting?
● are they seeking engagement and
Mooc's... and twitter chat
#tag use also occurs around deliberate online
conversations and around some MOOCs.
● some professional communities promote
conversations eg #lrnchat
● or given the % of professionals sitting in on
MOOCs for fun it's one way to find
Automaton or person?
What do you tweet?
Do you create, share, or discuss?
Does @yournamehere produce a response?
So what's this about Gin?
● Thinking about what
● Making connections
through social media is
about the personal as
much as it is at a
Personhood & online identity
"It is only when we bring the personal (not the private) to
our discourse that we understand the rich complexity of
individual being out of which civilization is built–or out of
which it ought to be built.
[...] Sharing the personal, as distinguished from oversharing
the private, means engaging with personhood in all its
messy and glorious complexity, and all its potential, too. If,
as Jon Udell reminds us, “context is a service we provide
for each other,” the context is not merely informational, nor
is it about matters that should remain private."
And the pretty pictures?
With an aside about making things
transitory with Storify
Reclaiming the data
with Momento (etc.)
and twitter archives
> making the digital
Gardner Campbell (2013) "Personal, Not Private" http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1/?p=2039
Martin Weller (2011) The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Changing Academic Practice (OA
version: http://www.bloomsburyacademic.com/view/DigitalScholar_9781849666275/book-ba9781849666275.xml )
Martin Hawksey (ongoing) http://mashe.hawksey.info
Tanya Joosten (2012) Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practice
Nicola Osborne (2011) "Using social media in education, Part 1: Opportunity, risk, and policy"
______ (2012) "Using social media in education, Part 2: Tools, support, and technical issues"