Workshop for health professionals: How to use Twitter for connecting & collaborating


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Here is the presentation to support a workshop that I ran for health professionals on how to use Twitter for personal and professional networking, learning and collaboration, at the 2012 Breathing New Life conference in Melbourne. Workshop program can be found here:

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  • Information changing all the time. Very important to stay up to date, but that can be difficult , especially when you are geographically isolated & do not have access to libraries – paper journal subscriptions can be very expensive.
  • Free tools - Very important in this day & age of financial stress, increase in price of petrol & flights.
  • Web conferences - Very important in this day & age of financial stress, increase in price of petrol & flights. Free access.
  • People can manage their own learning to suit their particular needs & requirements.
  • Lots of literature says that staff, especially new grads, people new to jobs/organizations, & people returning to work benefit from mentoring.
  • Computer literacy: knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently ( Digital literacy: ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically
  • Access to broadband which supports a lot of social networking tools. Computers need to be freely available at work, and people made to feel that they can use them – may be issues to privacy.
  • Particular issue for people working in health & social professions. Need to adhere to professional and legal requirements, particularly about patient information. Also, implications for worker/employer relationship.
  • Institution/employer restrict tools that can be used by employees
  • People think that tools like youtube and facebook are frivolous tools just for the young.
  • Attitudes that learning is something that is ‘delivered’ in a ‘face-to-face context’ – that employers are responsible for providing education & learning. Education is something that is only done to fulfil professional requirements. Wont do it unless employer pays for it & provides the time.
  • Just because an article hasn’t been processed through a blind, peer reveiwed paper journal, doesn’t mean that it is not credible information. Look at wikipedia as example.
  • Workshop for health professionals: How to use Twitter for connecting & collaborating

    1. 1. How to use Twitter for connecting & collaborating Sarah Stewart 2012
    2. 2. Plan for today• Set the scene• Basic “how to”• Have a play• Advanced “how to”• How to use Twitter professionally• Conclusion workshop-for-health.html
    3. 3. Setting the scene• What do you already know about Twitter?• How do you use Twitter, if at all?• Any particular questions you have, or things you want to know?
    4. 4. Introduction to social media 5
    5. 5. The way we learn, teach,work, play and communicate is changing
    6. 6. “…gone are the days whenthe family turned to the“encyclopedia Britannica” forinformation. My family’s“bookcase” is the familycomputer - Google, itunes,online auctions, research,websites and blogs.” Tania, midwife
    7. 7. What is social media?
    8. 8. Social media aretechnologies that facilitate interactive communication,
    9. 9. sharing,
    10. 10. collective wisdom,
    11. 11. participation,
    12. 12. openness,
    13. 13. freedom,
    14. 14. and social networking.
    15. 15. Social networkingconnects
    16. 16. especially those who are geographically and professionally isolated.
    17. 17. Provides access to up-to-dateinformation for evidence-based practice
    18. 18. Facilitates national andinternational communication,
    19. 19. collaboration,
    20. 20. professional development,
    21. 21. and life-long learning.
    22. 22. Development ofcommunities of practiceand learning networks,
    23. 23. support,
    24. 24. and
    25. 25. A number of challenges:
    26. 26. computer/digital literacy skills,
    27. 27. access to computers and Internet,
    28. 28. fears about privacy and confidentiality,
    29. 29. institutional computing policies and filters,
    30. 30. attitudes to social networking and computers
    31. 31. attitudes about life-long learning,
    32. 32. and concerns aboutquality of information.
    33. 33. My story
    34. 34. Midwife
    35. 35. Educator
    36. 36. Researcher
    37. 37. EdD student
    38. 38. Gardener
    39. 39. Rugby fan
    40. 40. Basic “how to”* Set up account* Fill in your profile* Write a tweet or two* Find people to follow* How to reply to someone* How to send a direct message* How to re-tweet a message* How to send a url in a tweet
    41. 41. Having a playHospital midwifeStudent midwifeCommunity midwifeResearch midwifePregnant womanNew mumObstetricianBirth unit managerMedical student
    42. 42. Advanced “how to”*Hashtags*Attending Twitter events eg #phdchat,#RNchat, #HCSMANZ*Managing Twitter with tools such asEchofon or Tweetdeck*Twitter on your mobile phone
    43. 43. How to use Twitter professionally?What do you think are the main issues?How do you think we can manage these issues?
    44. 44. Conclusion:10 top tips for using Twitter 2
    45. 45. Be prepared to give time to networking and dont expect things to happen over night
    46. 46. Be consistent about how you brand yourself
    47. 47. Be open
    48. 48. Focus on what you can give asopposed to what you can receive
    49. 49. Focus on quality, not quantity
    50. 50. Be authentic
    51. 51. Practice what you preach
    52. 52. Always respond to people when they contact you
    53. 53. Post at least a couple of comments per day
    54. 54. Do it!
    55. 55. Sarah Stewartsarahstewart07@gmail.comTwitter: @SarahStewarthttp://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com