Using Social Media in Academic Practice: A Student-led Training Initiative

The effective use of social and participative media is seen as a key requirement in 21st Century...

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LeRoy Hill
6 July 2010

The effective use of social and participative media is seen as a key requirement in 21st Century academic practice and professional development. This case study describes a collaborative, student-led initiative which, identifying a gap in existing Doctoral training provision, engaged in delivering a series of interactive sessions to PhD students and Early Career Researchers at the University of Nottingham. With an emphasis less on the technologies and more on their social, participatory and collaborative affordances, the sessions were designed and presented by two PhD students to raise awareness of social media and provide an opportunity for discussion and shared practice. Hosted and supported by one of the University Graduate Centres, the sessions were supplemented by an online resource. In this presentation, we will summarise the initiative with key observations, perspectives and feedback from the organisers and attendees, discuss implications for practice within training and professional development contexts, and outline future plans in this area.

By. Andy Coverdale & LeRoy Hill

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LeRoy Hill
6:11pm 6 July 2010 (Edited 6:24pm 6 July 2010)


There is growing indication that universities are recognizing the use of social media among academics.  However, how is this recognition translated in the PhD training provisions that universities offer to students?

Gráinne Conole
2:39am 7 July 2010


Hey will be good to meet you at the conference tomorrow! Presentation looks interesting!

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