Introduction to Twitter in Higher Education workshop for SIGMA 2014


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Creating and maintaining a social media presence event – 20 June 2014

The sigma North West and North Wales Hub is holding an event, Creating and maintaining a social media presence at Liverpool John Moores University on Friday 20 June, starting at 10am.

In the morning LJMU’s Alex Spiers will give an introduction to Twitter &c. This is something he does on HEA training courses so he is in a good position to guide novices. Janette Matthews, who looks after the sigma network website, will talk about the use you can make of the website to share news and information.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity for presentations from colleagues around the UK on the uses they are already making of social media in mathematics and statistics support.

Leslie Fletcher, the Hub co- ordinator, has put out a general call for contributions on the sigma JISCmail list ( and would like to have offers of short talks on this theme as soon as possible.

There is no charge for attending this event and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please let Leslie Fletcher ( know if you are planning to come so that catering &c. arrangements can be made.

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  • Introduction to Twitter in Higher Education workshop for SIGMA 2014

    1. #LJMUTWT An Introduction to Twitter in Higher Education SIGMA event 20/6/14 Liverpool John Moores University
    2. Who am I? Alex Spiers Learning Technology Developer
    3. Overview What is it? Terminology How it is being used? Issues Activities Questions
    4. Communication Communication
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    8. Terminology & Tasks
    9. Ten Days of Twitter was originally developed by created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA. 1. Set up a profile 2. Sending a tweet 3. Following people 4. @messages 5. Embedding and shortening URLs 6. Retweeting 7. Hashtags 8. Managing people (apps to create lists) 9. Managing information (apps to curate links)
    10. Creating an account
    11. Activity • Search for content
    12. #ff Follow FridayFollowing & Followers
    13. Following & Followers Following is trial and error – filter your followers (or interests) regularly
    14. Activity • Search for content
    15. Sending @ messagesSend a Tweet
    16. Tweet
    17. The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: @
    18. Activity • Search for content
    19. Tweeting Links
    20. Tweeting URLs • • Owned by Google this will also produce a QR code for your link and if you have a Google+ account, you can track statistics on click-through. This is useful if you’re evaluating publicity strategies for a new web resource or event. • You can also add links to photos, files and videos with this site which is useful for spicing up livetweets from conferences or events. • You can also track click-throughs with this site.
    21. Activity • Search for content
    22. RetweetsRT (retweet)
    23. Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else’s tweet. See also MT (modified tweet) RT (retweet)
    24. Activity • Search for content
    25. #Hashtags# hash tag (search term)
    26. The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. For example, search for #ljmu # hash tag (search term)
    27. Activity • Search for content
    28. Managing people in TwitterManaging People
    29. Block You can Block anyone you don’t want to be following you. Blocking prevents a user from @ message, DM or adding you to a list. It
    30. Activity • Search for content
    31. Managing information in Twitter • Favourites • Search • Trending • Extras - flipboard Managing information
    32. Favourites Adding a favourite tweet is similar to ‘like’ in Facebook and can be used to bookmark a tweet.
    33. Activity • Search for content
    34. Apps
    35. Blackboard
    36. Professional Practice Technology Events/ ConferencesHE News Breaking News Research
    37. LJMU guidance
    38. • Understand how public and permanent your online footprint is (Search on Google or • Be aware that your current or future employers could choose to explore that online footprint! • Do not say anything online that you would not say face to face • Avoid spamming and flaming • Be aware that it is easy to misinterpret irony, sarcasm etc… without tone of voice or expressions to guide • Consider who you are talking to… Source Netiquette
    39. Top Tips
    40. Consider your audience
    41. • It used to be about telling people how good you are, social media allows you to show how good you are…. Be clear about what you are doing
    42. Be Choosy!
    43. • Reciprocity – Help folk – Reciprocity Helping others, who will eventually help you. Reciprocity
    44. LJMU Social Networking Policy A to Z of Social Media Oxford University social Media Michelmas Edudemic introduction to Twitter Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities VITAE guide to using twitter How to use Tweetdeck BBC Twitter guide to the law Resources
    45. @alexgspiers