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Pinterest as an academic research tool
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29 March 2012
- How can ‘content curation’ platform Pinterest be used for both synchronous and asynchronous activities?
- How can Pinterest be used to introduce good practice for academic research and referencing?
- How can Pinterest be used as a selective research method that encourage curation not aggregation of information.
- How can Pinterest be used to encourage collaborative working practices as well as interactive discussion?
Context for discussion
Pinterest does not currently promote itself as a potential academic tool but I have started using it with my students studying on a Foundation Degree in Textiles/Fashion. The first stages of theme research involve looking for examples by other designers. Pinterest allows them to 'curate' their imagery, adding a link to the source where they found the imagery and add their own annotation about the work. Because I am able to follow and add my comments I can prompt responses and start a discussion. I have used it asynchronously but I am interested in organsing as session where students respond to each other comments in a timed session. I am interested in whether this stimulates more discussion/annotation than traditional image print outs and written notes.
18:23 on 1 April 2012