Archive for social media

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]