Social Media for Research & Knowledge Sharing


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Social Media for Research & Knowledge Sharing

  1. Zaid Ali AlsagoffSocial Mediafor Research &Knowledge Sharing
  2. AGENDASocial Media for Research& Knowledge Sharing
  3. Do you ______ your Research? Blog about Tweet about (Twitter) Discuss on Facebook or LinkedIn Publish on YouTube Use a Wiki or a Website to share Use other Social Media tools?
  4. "Savvy scientists must increasingly engage withblogs and social media... Even if you choose notto blog, you can certainly expect your papersand ideas will increasingly be blogged about. Sothere it is - blog or be blogged.“– Paul Knoepfler to Rethink?
  5. How long does it take to Publish a… Book Paper Post1 – 2 Years3 – 6 MonthsUp to You!
  6. The Rate of Medical Knowledge is…“…doubling every threeyears currently andprojected to bedoubling every73 DAYSby 2020…”Our research output today might be OUTDATED, by the time itis published using traditional channels unless we...
  7. …Rethink the Way We _____?SHARE
  8. Today’s Menu?Social MediaDiscoverResearchPeer-Review2134567Research CycleMoving Forward?Publish
  10. Web/Mobile technologies that empower us to…Social Media is an UMBRELLA term for
  12. Technical Challenges Tools overload Firewall blocking Accessibility Usability Ease-of-use
  13. Sharing ChallengesInformation overloadContent ownershipConfidentialityQualityAuthorityWork-life balance
  14. What about Plagiarism & Authenticity? The DNA of a 21st Century Educator Plagiarised in China?
  15. How to PROTECTmy intellectualwork?
  16. Image:
  17. Arabic & English Versions:
  18. Creative Commons (CC)CC Comparison Table: FreeLeast Free
  19. CC License Selection Tool this toselect your CC!EASY!
  21. The Academic Research Cycle….Adapted from (page 15):
  23. Example 1: Blogging Freakonomics blogs about a paperUse Social Media to increase abstract views and downloads per month!2. Chris Blattman blogs about a paper- David McKenzie and Berk Özler (2011)
  24. Example 2: Tweeting Happens When You Tweet an Open-Access Paper?- Melissa Terras
  25. Tools toDiscover(My Domain),please!
  26. Social Curation/Bookmarking Tools… Pull, Discover, Filter, Organize & Share!
  27. To Collect, Organize, Cite, and Shareyour Research Sources!Social Citations/Referencing Tools...Zotero: Note:
  28. Source:
  29. Twitter to Connect & Interact withA free Web 2.0 social networking service that allows users to send andreceive short messages (140 characters or less) known as TWEETS.Easy way to discover the LATEST RESEARCH youcare about.Educators & Researchers around the world…+200 Million Users
  30. Doctors using Twitter?@KevinMD@joannadolgoffmd@drmikesevillaDr. Kevin Pho@tomheston@DrKimMD@DrStevesBanjo@DrEvaSelhub@holisticmd@GarthFisherMD@FredHowardMD@StepAheadnj@CesarLaraMD@drval@hjluks@Leslie_Seppinni@DrJAshton
  31. Twitter BasicsArticle:
  32. Connect all the course/research/knowledge domain relatedtweets from people into LEARNING STREAMS...Follow/Create Twitter #Hashtags!REMEMBERCreate a Unique, Short & Simple#HASHTAG! – Medical Education#edchat - Education##edutech - Educational Technology#web20chat - Web 2.0#DistEd – Distance education and e-learning#innochat – Innovation in education#Lrnchat – Learning issues for educators#ellchat – English Language Learners
  33.  Building your following and managing yourprofile. Using Twitter to maximise the impact ofyour research project. Making the most of Twitter alongside yourown blog. Extra resources and links to blog posts andarticles on academic blogging and impact.
  34. Google Scholar a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources,including theses, books, abstracts and articles.
  36. Social Media for Collaborative Research?
  37. Source:
  38. Use Facebook Groups or Pages toClosed GroupsCoursesProjects IdeasAlumniGroups PagesOpen CommunitiesPromotion & BrandingProductsCelebritiesSelf-PromotionConnect, Network and Collaborate with other researchers…+1 Billion Users
  39. Facebook Groups Facebook Groups ( are online spaces where people can INTERACT,SHARE and COLLABORATE with others. You DON’T NEED TO BE FRIENDS with someone to interact with them in Facebook Groups. Use Facebook Groups to empower ON-DEMAND and MOBILE LEARNING opportunities. Can be CLOSED (to your group only) or open to public.Adapted from: LIC:
  40., Why Use Facebook Pages?More FREEDOM to customize DESIGN
  41. Differences Between Pages & GroupsFeature Pages GroupsMake it private (open to members/fans only) No YesAllows distinct URLs Yes NoIndexed by search engines like Google Yes NoAdmin can access visitor statistics (Insights) Yes NoCan be cross-promoted on other fan pages Yes YesAbility to create events and invitations Yes YesAdd Apps (e.g. Twitter or blog feeds) Yes NoFans/Members can leave comments and “likes” Yes YesCan send out bulk emails to your members’ inboxesNo YesCan create Docs (Wikis) No YesGroup Chat No YesInformation posted on your wall will appear onyour fans’ wallsYes NoThe administrator’s personal information isn’tlistedYes NoAdapted from:
  42. Source:
  43. Use Google+ Tools to Interact & Collaborate! Use Circles to follow experts. View/Join/Organize Hangouts for online (video) discussions. Join/Create Communities (of practice).CirclesCommunitiesPhotosHangoutsProfile+500 Million UsersSource (as of 7/5/2013):
  44. Source:
  45. Need a More Professional Network?Explore Research Groups in… Million Users
  46. Visualize your Professional Network! video: interactive visual representation of your professional universe, based on therelationships between your connections.
  47. Wiki Wiki Shuttle at Honolulu International AirportPicture:
  48. Picture:
  49. Engagement ParticipationContent DevelopmentUse Wikis to Collaborate on Research?A website or document developed collaboratively by a community ofusers, allowing any user to add and edit content.
  50. Wikiversity is devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles ofeducation from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. Teachers, students, andresearchers are invited to join in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities.
  51. Development Tools?
  52. Image source:
  53. Reflect, Discuss & Promote Research using a…BLOG
  54. e-PortfolioBlogging is a Lifelong…
  55. Tools?
  56. Example 1: Expert Blog
  57. Example 2: Learning DomainThe University of British Columbia: Oxford Science blog:
  58. Example 3: Newsletter
  59. Example 4: Resource
  60. Example 5: Student (Group) Blogs Student Blogging Project to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle!
  61. How to COLLECTmy researchdata?
  62. Collect Data & Insights Using…Google Forms: Survey Monkey: Polldaddy:
  64. Use Social Media to get FEEDBACK on your Research!SharingFeedbackRESEARCHReflect &Innovate
  65. Quality Assurance?Image (Doctor): want to be Peer-reviewed by realProfessionals…Notsome 14-year-old kid!14 years old?Yes, I am…LOL!
  66. ResearchGate“ResearchGate was built for scientists, by scientists, with the idea thatscience can do more when its driven by COLLABORATION.”
  67. Methodspace“Methodspace is a multidimensional online network for the community ofresearchers, from students to professors, engaged in research methods.”
  68. Nature Network“Nature Network is the professional networking website for scientists around theworld. It’s an online meeting place where you and your colleagues can gather, shareand discuss ideas, and keep in touch.”
  69. MedPedia…Sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medicalprofessionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free onlinetechnology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent.
  70.“ is a platform for academics to share research papers. The companysmission is to accelerate the worlds research.”
  71. (collective wisdom) manages the entire research lifecycle. From an initial idea, throughthe complex collaboration process, to publication of the results. And all within a singleintegrated environment.
  72. Publish
  73. The Problem with Traditional Methods… “The texts of books and journal articles areinaccessible to those withoutsubscription/library access. Journal articles and books are read by some inyour field, but don’t often break into otherdisciplines and are rarely picked up by themedia. Outputs are often fairly long and in languagethat is sometimes meaningful only to otheracademics. This reflects a one-way (experts only)communications process.”TooClosed!Extracted from (Slide 2: Jane Tinkler
  75. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Provide access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. Cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality controlsystem (multiple languages). Increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals.
  76. Support & Publish in Open Access Journals…Diagram source:…WHENPOSSIBLE!Stian Håklev
  77. Simplify to Amplify the Impact…“…if scientists could communicate more in theirown voices - in a familiar tone, with a lessspecialized vocabulary - would a wide range ofpeople understand them better? Would theirwork be better understood by the generalpublic, policy-makers, funders, and, even insome cases, other scientists?”- Alan Alda
  78. Video Sharing SitesYouTube: Teacher Tube: Education: iTunes U:
  79. Presentation Sharing Sites Prezi: SlideRocket: Haiku Deck: Slideboom:
  80. File Sharing SitesDropboxBox Google DriveiCloudTeamboxSlide 120:
  81. Your Research as an e-Book!
  82. Oops! Let’s Stop Here for Now!Information Overload!
  84. Use Social Media to… Connect with other researchers and educators around theworld. Discover the latest research and trends in your area(s). Collaborate with others on your research projects. Promote your research work beyond the academic world. Engage and seek feedback (peer-review) from researches,venture capitalists, public, etc. Publish your research in Open Access Journals! Share your research in creative ways to inspire moreinterest. Be who you want to be!
  85. Finally, Use Social Media to Amplify the…IMPACTIMPACT FACTORResearchPublications/Journals
  86. Explore Social Media Further?
  87. Great Starting Point? Guide exploreshow different socialmedia tools can helpat all stages in theacademic researchprocess.
  88. More Great Starting Points?
  89. The Learning Nuggets Project!
  90. aZaidLearn!Finally, You Might Want To…
  91. Zaid Ali AlsagoffE-Learning ManagerE-mail : zaid.alsagoff@gmail.comBlog : : : +603-2731 7327Ext. : 3115