Social Media conference and showcase

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The first European Conference on Social Media (ECSM) is being held from 10-11 July 2014 at the University of Brighton; the ECSM is keen “to establish a platform where academic and professional approaches to this rapidly expanding field of online activity can learn and share”. Prior to the ECSM, a Student Social Media Showcase (SSMS)Read more

Student Social Media Showcase (Brighton) call for contributions

The forthcoming European Conference on Social Media, which is taking place at the University of Brighton on July 9th, 2014, is seeking applications from students to showcase their research into social media. The conference website is located at, while the showcase website is at Further information is also available from Sandra Huskinson (Online Development Officer, School of Business and Economics) ifRead more

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Confused by Twitter? Do you look at the tweets in the right-hand column of this blog and think: “I don’t have a clue what that means”? Over on the E-learning Blog, I posted recently a link to a guide to Twitter aimed at academics who have never previously tweeted, produced by Amy Mollett, Danielle MoranRead more

Guide to Twitter for academics

Recently a number of colleagues have asked whether there is a guide to Twitter aimed at academics who have never previously tweeted. Fortunately there is – an excellent introduction, produced by Amy Mollett, Danielle Moran and Patrick Dunleavy of the LSE Public Policy Group, and made available under a Creative Commons licence. Using Twitter inRead more

Experimenting with Facebook in the Classroom

My Teaching Centre colleague Maurice Fitzgerald has featured Faculty Focus several times in posts over on the Teaching and Learning Blog. Based in the United States, Faculty Focus provides various free, as well as paid for, resources in the form of newsletters, downloadable reports, etc., regarding learning and teaching issues. In the latest Faculty FocusRead more

Twitter-based voting in Powerpoint: update

If you’ve been using the SAP Twitter tools for Powerpoint, about which I blogged back in the autumn, you’ll be disappointed to here that because of a change to the Twitter service itself, they will soon stop working correctly, according to a newsflash on Timo Elliott’s website. There are some alternatives you might like toRead more

Twitter: a guide to the law

If you’re a Twitter user, you’re probably aware of various high-profile cases where tweets have got their authors into serious trouble. Here’s a useful guide, published today on the BBC News website, to staying on the right side of the law. It also points to areas where the law (or intepretation of the law) isRead more

More on BoB and Twitter…

Historian Dr Marcus Collins is another ‘early adopter’ of the BoB (Box of Broadcasts) service and, as with his colleague Prof Chris Szejnmann, he has been combining it with Twitter in the classroom. He comments: I’m also a great fan of both BoB and Twitter. So far, I’ve been using both in just one module:Read more

Use of Social Software: Request

Having recently conducted an audit of all modules on Learn, we are aware that some modules really do push the boat out and try out new things. If you are one of those who specifically make use of social software for instance wikis or Facebook within your module then a new JISC-funded project is lookingRead more

Are you making the most of social media to support your students?

[News release from JISC Announce 16.8.2012] Celebrating 10,000 followers… and our resources to help engage students through social media To celebrate our ten thousandth Twitter follower, we showcase some resources that can help you blog, tweet and interact your way to better student retention, marketing and teaching online. 1.            Listen to a podcast on developingRead more

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