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Using social media as academics for learning, teaching and research

Social Media: what, when, how

Are you considering using social media within your learning and teaching but unsure of the best approach?

At this session we will discuss different ways social media can be used to support learning and teaching. There will be 'top tips' for getting started as well as discussions on how to integrate it into teaching activities in a manageable and sustainable way.

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Using social media as academics for learning, teaching and research

  1. 1. Using Social Media in Learning, Teaching and Research Sue Beckingham @suebecks | | Helen Rodger @HelenRodgerSHU 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. Social Media in Learning and Teaching Staff can access these resources at
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Getting Started with Social Media
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. RECRUITMENT • Communicate events/open days via Facebook, Eventbrite and Lanyrd • Showcase event photos and videos on Pinterest and Flickr • Company presence on LinkedIn Recruitment Post info and links to: < Postgraduate Study < Distinguished Lecture Series < Careers < Media Centre
  16. 16. UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION • Twitter, LinkedIn Company page, Facebook ResearchUniversity Comms