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    1. 1. Using Social Media in Learning, Teaching and Research Sue Beckingham | @suebecks | Sheffield Hallam University
    2. 2. We want our students and graduates to • develop confident face to face and online communication skills1 • work collaboratively both synchronously and asynchronously2 • develop a professional online presence3 • use digital tools and social media responsibly and effectively4
    3. 3. Clear pedagogic outcomes Andrew Churches
    4. 4. Clear pedagogic outcomes articles/handbooks/Handbook1706
    5. 5. Social Media Guidance Students can access these four resources at
    6. 6. The A-Z of Social Media for Academia social-media-for-academics/ A blog updated periodically with relevant social media tools and what they can be used for
    7. 7. Getting Started with Social Media
    8. 8. TEACHING • Blogs to share introductions and other induction activities • Wikis and Google Drive for project collaboration • Google hangouts for group online meetings • YouTube videos for how to guides • Screencast tools such as Jing and Screencast-o- matic to create short summaries • Pinterest for visual reading lists, Diigo for social bookmarking Research Teaching
    9. 9. ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT • Sharing information via Twitter and LinkedIn • Discussion forums such LinkedIn groups and Google+ communities • Curation tools to gather resources on specific topics Academic Professional Development
    10. 10. RESEARCH • Be known as an expert in your field • Research your project definition, funding and collaboration • Share and promote publications: papers, books, articles, websites, presentations Research
    11. 11. STUDENT GUIDANCE • Facebook and Wikis for FAQs and space to raise questions • Twitter to signpost support areas such as wellbeing, study support, disability support • Social Bookmarking tools such as Diigo to tag and highlight key documents and web resources • Pinterest board of Who's Who in Student Support • Newsletters using Blogs ResearchStudent Guidance
    12. 12. PEER SUPPORT • Maintain/make new connections/friendships via Facebook happens! • Course blogs to share interests, hobbies etc. • Collaborative Pinterest boards to share inspirational quotes • Picture quizzes of places and people in University • Online group chat using Google+ hangouts, Skype or Blackboard Collaborate ResearchPeer Support
    13. 13. STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT • Share information via Facebook groups • Professional networking • Learning about companies via LinkedIn company pages • Job opportunities/career development on LinkedIn and Twitter Student Professional Development
    14. 14. RECRUITMENT • Communicate events/open days via Facebook, Eventbrite and Lanyrd • Showcase event photos and videos on Pinterest and Flickr • Company presence on LinkedIn Recruitment Services tab also includes info and links to: < Postgraduate Study < Distinguished Lecture series < Centre for Lifelong Learning < Knowledge Centre
    15. 15. UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION • Twitter, LinkedIn Company page, Facebook ResearchUniversity Comms
    16. 16. Sue Beckingham Educational Developer and Associate Lecturer Sheffield Hallam University @suebecks