Nicholas & Smith - Connecting Cardiff's Researchers: delivering and learning from a social media workshop for research students
Connecting Cardiff’s researchers: delivering and learning from asocial media workshop for research studentsSarah Nicholas, Cardiff University, NicholasS2@cardiff.ac.ukSusan Smith, Cardiff University, email@example.comA workshop entitled The Connected Researcher: networking and collaborating withsocial media was delivered in February 2011 as part of Cardiff University’s ResearchStudents’ Skills Development Programme, coordinated by the University’s GraduateCentre.The proposed poster will present:• the context of the social media workshop, which will highlight the relevance ofsocial media to nearly all stages of the research cycle (CIBER, 2010)• the trainers’ task-based approach, emphasising the practice of sharing,communicating and networking, and the trainers’ efforts to encourage researchers toreflect on the relevance of social media to their research• workshop content and the rationale in presenting case studies• feedback from workshop attendees• how the trainers extended the workshop for February 2012 and acknowledged theneed for pre-sessional exercises in light of their experience in delivering the firstworkshop, student feedback, the recently published Social media: a guide forresearchers (Cann, Dimitriou and Hooley 2011) and the growing status of socialmedia in academiaThe poster will serve to highlight Cardiff University’s grass root efforts to supportdigital literacies for researchers in advance of their JISC-funded Digidol - DevelopingDigital Literacy project.ReferencesCann, A., Dimitriou, K. and Hooley, T. (2011) Social media: a guide for researchers.London: Research Information Network. http://www.rin.ac.uk/social-media-guide(Retrieved 12 April 2011).CIBER (2010) Social media and research workflow. London: CIBER, UniversityCollege London. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/social-media-report.pdf (Retrieved 12 April 2011).