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Strategies for academic communication in digital environment


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Strategies for academic communication in digital environment

  1. 1. Strategies for academiccommunication in digital environment Vimal Kumar V. Mahatma Gandhi University Library Kottayam Presented at Workshop on Academic Communication and Collaboration Tools organized by College of Engineering, Thalassery on 7-8 March 2013.
  2. 2. Importance of e-profile➲ Building networks (Academic, professional, Business)➲ Facilitating public engagement➲ Receiving feedback
  3. 3. Establishing an e-profile➲ Who can?Professionals, Teachers, Researchers, students➲ PlatformsFacebook, LinkdIn, Academia etc.
  4. 4. Decorate your wall➲ Educational qualifications➲ Professional experience➲ Publications➲ Attendance in seminars, conferences etc.➲ Resource persons➲ Other responsibilities
  5. 5. Micro Blogging➲ Create a nice profile➲ Follow others➲ Tweets➲ Retweets
  6. 6. Blogging➲ Plenty more to talk➲ Type of blogsLibrary blogProfessional blogEvent blogPhoto blogResearch blog
  7. 7. Advantages of blog?➲ Usage statistics➲ Feedback from readers➲ Discussion➲ Followers➲ Tagging
  8. 8. Blogging Tips➲ Contribute to an existing blog➲ Add sharing widgets (Social network, Bookmark)➲ Regular posting➲ Give ideal tags➲ Encourage discussions➲ Reply to comments soon
  9. 9. Personal websites➲ Dont host sites in free space➲ Buy a domain name, its very cheap price➲ Buy an instance of content management system (Drupal, Word press)➲ Add blog module➲ Display your social network widgets➲ Update content frequently
  10. 10. Curation and sharing of contentSlideshareScribdGoogle DocsInst. repositories
  11. 11. Effective use of discussion forums ➲ Conferences ➲ Job postings ➲ Article request ➲ Training programmes ➲ Extension activities ➲ Event reports ➲ Higher education ➲ Service matters etc.
  12. 12. Continues➲ Participate in discussion threads➲ Active professionals get more attention➲ Helpful to build professional network
  13. 13. Scholarly writing: things to remember➲ Start early as possible➲ Try to convert your dissertation as journal article➲ Consult your teachers for reviewing➲ Write paper based on your presentations➲ Make use of library resources in your institution.
  14. 14. What should I write about?➲ Form ideas based on your experiences and expertise➲ Read others articles➲ Collaborate with others➲ Start from where others stopped
  15. 15. How do I start?➲ Review of related literature➲ Discuss with your colleagues
  16. 16. How do I start writing the paper?➲ Just write➲ Dont worry about title➲ Skip abstract, introduction and conclusion➲ Develop an outline of headings and subheadings➲ Set small quota of writing
  17. 17. Im finished first draft !➲ Take a few days off➲ Reread the article➲ Allow your friends/colleagues to read the first draft.
  18. 18. What goes on when I submit the work?➲ Reject➲ Revise and resubmit➲ Accept with major changes➲ Accept with minor changes➲ Accepted
  19. 19. Things to remember...➲ Post the content regularly➲ Promote e-profileVisiting cardEmail signature➲ Accept the feedback➲ Give the reply soon➲ Enable the content in public access mode
  20. 20. Continues.....➲ Dont post things at midnight➲ Dont post things on week end➲ Best time is between 11 am - 5 pm
  21. 21. ReferencesLupton, D. (2012, July 24). Professional digital practice in academia: From online networking to building apps | Impact of Social Sciences. LSE Blogs . Retrieved March 1, 2013, from, S. (2006). Writing Your First Scholarly Article: A Guide for Budding Authors in Librarianship. Information Technology & Libraries, 25(2), 108.Patel, S. (2013, August 10). I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence, where do I start? | Impact of Social Sciences. LSE Blogs . Retrieved March 11, 2013, from, M. (2012, November 26). What’s in a name? Academic identity in the metadata age | Impact of Social Sciences. LSE Blogs. Retrieved March 11, 2013, from
  22. 22. Thank You Pleas ask questions