Archive for social media

How might universities manage with enormous undergraduate classes

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“I’m very interested these days in how the various social media can be used in order to improve learning in universities …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 19 March]

Social Media Lure Academics Frustrated by Journals

Posted in research with tags on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“Social media have become serious academic tools for many scholars, who use them for collaborative writing, conferencing, sharing images, and other research-related activities. So says a study just posted online called ‘Social Media and Research Workflow’ …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 20 February]

Where do all the comments go?

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“I don’t get many comments on this blog: fortunately I do it for the opportunity to write amid the tor rent of admin is trivia rather than for the affirmation. But I do get more than’s readily apparent, which tells us some thing about social media and opens up an opportunity …” (more)

[simondobson.org, 21 February]

Social Media Lure Academics Frustrated by Journals

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 20 February 2011 by Steve

“Social media have become serious academic tools for many scholars, who use them for collaborative writing, conferencing, sharing images, and other research-related activities …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 20 February]

Blogging, Tweeting and the Next Generation of Scholarly Collaboration

Posted in research with tags , on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“Academic bloggers gathered at Osgoode Hall Law School to discuss their insights and experiences working with online forums through blogging and other social media sites. The panel discussion took place on February 9, 2011 and included Professors Simon Fodden, Sonia Lawrence, Kate Sutherland, and Giuseppina D’Agostino …” (more)

[Leslie Chong, IP Osgoode, 13 February]

Social networking at work could cost Irish economy €700m per year

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 September 2010 by Steve

“Employees who access social networks for personal use could potentially cost the Irish economy more than €700m in lost work time per year, an IrishJobs.ie survey has revealed …” (more)

[Laura O’Brien, Silicon Republic, 15 September]

DIT launches social media induction project

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 September 2010 by Steve

“Dublin Institute of Technology has launched three new social media initiatives at the Irish Film Institute, the first of their kind in Irish third level education …” (more)

[Laura O’Brien, Silicon Republic, 6 September]

Study Finds No Link Between Social-Networking Sites and Academic Performance

Posted in Life with tags on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Spend as much time on Facebook as you want – it won’t affect your GPA, a new study says. Researchers at Northwestern University found no connection between time spent on social-networking sites and academic performance …” (more)

[Kelly Truong, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 July]

Scientometrics 2.0: Toward new metrics of scholarly impact on the social Web

Posted in research with tags on 11 July 2010 by Steve

Abstract: The growing flood of scholarly literature is exposing the weaknesses of current, citation-based methods of evaluating and filtering articles. A novel and promising approach is to examine the use and citation of articles in a new forum: Web 2.0 services like social bookmarking and microblogging. Metrics based on this data could build a ‘Scientometics 2.0’, supporting richer and more timely pictures of articles’ impact. This paper develops the most comprehensive list of these services to date …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Jason Priem and Bradley M Hemminger, First Monday, 5 July]

Social Media and Higher Ed Marketing: Interview with Ryan Busch

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“Ryan Busch is a member of the Higher Education Management Group on Linked In. His work brings together elearning innovation, social media, and digital marketing. He’s also a ‘helluva’ nice guy. Ryan and I discuss higher ed marketing and social media, below. KCH: How would you characterize the use of social media for higher ed marketing to date? What’s working? What isn’t? …” (more)

[Higher Education Management Group, 7 July]

HE Academy conference day 2

Posted in research with tags , on 25 June 2010 by Steve

“Some interesting sessions on the second day of the conference in a baking hot Hatfield Business Park. I attended presentations on the use of twitter by journalism students to establish professional connections, undertake fact-checking etc. Somewhat inevitably I suppose, the room was full of people staring at screens of various sizes …” (more)

[Summa cum Laude, 25 June]

Can student engagement be increased through social media?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“When I was an officer in the Union of Students in Ireland I was working on a participation manual for students’ union to help increase student involvement. This manual was in partnership with our colleagues in NUS – the UK national students’ union. When I left it seemed to fall off USI’s radar. Admittedly social networking was only taking off at that point too …” (more)

[Tallyman, 31 May]

Yikes! Attack of the killer viral fruit bats

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“It is every university public relations department’s worst nightmare: an internal human resources matter attracts interest online and quickly becomes a viral sensation, resulting in widespread criticism over a matter that the institution is unable to comment on. As the dust settles on the case of Dylan Evans, a lecturer at University College Cork who was accused of sexual harassment after showing a colleague a paper on oral sex among fruit bats, universities are left taking stock of the potential PR pitfalls of the Web 2.0 age …” (more)

[Sarah Cunnane, Times Higher Education, 27 May]

Higher education as a social media space

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“One of the things I have discovered over the past couple of years is that if I want to have an online exchange of views with students, I really must not choose email. As far as I can tell, students rarely read their email these days, and if they do it is perhaps once a week. It is not an effective, and certainly not an instant, medium …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 May]

Most Professors Use Social Media

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“More than four out of every five professors use social media. And more than half of professors use tools like video, blogs, podcasts, and wikis in their classes. Those are some of the findings of a new national survey of nearly 1,000 faculty members released today by Pearson, the publisher …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 May]

Organising the Comparative Slavery module

Posted in teaching with tags , on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“… During the first hour of the seminar I managed to shock them with my intention to use social media in the class. I immediately noticed that they were divided in three distinct groups: the excited ones, the indifferent ones and the appalled ones. They all shared, though, the same concerns about how this is going to work. No matter what their personal beliefs about social media were, they have never used them as an educational tool …” (more)

[Constantina Katsari, Roman and American Slavery, 31 January]

Twitter and the Higher

Posted in research with tags , on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“You know how everyone says that you shouldn’t post anything online that you would not want to see published in a national newspaper? Well, I do try to keep that handy advice in mind, but it works both ways. There are times when you might want to post something online in order to get it into the papers. Last week, a short article appeared in the Times Higher which was the result of a conversation on Twitter …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 11 January]

If You Teach Social Media You Need to Front It

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 January 2010 by Steve

“Something I learned as an instructor pilot: it’s hard to have any credibility if you can’t do what you say. The same rule of thumb applies with online social networking. I teach third level college students how to connect with people, brands and ideas online. I can’t simply point those students at social media ninjas and say, ‘Read, follow and learn’. That would be like pointing to the sky and telling a student pilot, ‘Go fly!’ …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 3 January]

Don’t Blame Facebook for Poor Grades

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 December 2009 by Steve

“A new study from (and about) the University of New Hampshire finds no correlation between the amount of time students spend on social media and their grades …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 28 December]