Webinar: understanding how researchers can use social media to support their research
Webinar: Professor Shailey Minocha, Professor in Learning Technologies and Social Computing in the Department of Computing and Communications, Open University, UK
Title: Understanding how researchers can use social media to support their research
Audience: staff engaged in supporting the personal and professional development of researchers. This webinar is not for researchers themselves.
Would you like to
Know more about how researchers could make use of social media in the context of their research
Learn how to encourage them to maintain their presence in social media and its importance with regard to networking and their reputation
Discuss the kind of support they might need from researcher developers
Professor Minocha will give examples of the use of social media in the context of research: how to integrate the use of social media within the research process while being aware of ethical considerations; and why it is important that researchers have a social media presence, the benefits this can bring in relation to the impact of their research and their reputation, and the pitfalls they need to watch out for.
The aim of the webinar is that researcher developers will gain an understanding of how researchers can use social media to support their research: they will then be better able to identify how to encourage its use as part of a researcher’s personal and professional development.
Registration: If you wish to take part in this webinar please e mail Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, institution and job title in order to receive information.
Shailey Minocha, Professor in Learning Technologies and Social Computing in the Department of Computing and Communications of The Open University (OU), UK.
Shailey's recent research in learning technologies and social computing has focused on how emerging technologies can support digital scholarship, for example, blogging and reflective practice; wikis and virtual team collaboration; 3D virtual worlds and training and skills development; and the role of social media in research dialogues and research skills training and development. Shailey’s VITAE-funded handbook of social media for research dialogues (http://oro.open.ac.uk/34271/) has an innovative suite of resources to guide researchers and supervisors to develop and maintain a social media strategy for research dialogues. This handbook continues to be in the top 10 downloads from OU’s repository of research publications since the handbook’s launch in September 2012. The handbook is integrated within OU’s Virtual Research Environment, and several UK institutions have adopted it for researcher training and development including Epigeum, the e-learning unit of Imperial College, in their programme: Professional Skills for Research Leaders.