Papers and workshops at #SocMedHE17

Towards a Unified Model of Learning Community (short paper)
Greg O’Hanlon @opengreg – Ulster University
This presentation will take a broad look at social learning models before discussing a specific application (Random Twist – which endeavours to unite the key principles. Popular social media applications, in particular the application of Facebook in education contexts, will also be discussed. Full paper

InstaLearn: a snapshot of academics’ perception and use of social media 

Candace Nolan-Grant @crnolangrant – Durham University
This paper introduces an investigation into academics’ use and perception of social media for learning and teaching. Exploring the most popular tools and how attitudes correlate to practice, this paper also compares staff responses with student views with the goal of informing future skills development and practice. Full paper

How to cope with 1000 teachers on Facebook Live!

Andrew Smith @teraknor – The Open University
Exploring the use of social media live streaming via Facebook Live as a medium for teaching, teachers network engineering. The aim of this session is to share experience, good practice and how this scalable teacher training project intends to develop the experience. Full paper

Student Carers – using social media to interact with hard to reach student groups

James Giddings @giddingstweets, Emily Marsh @SHUhelp – Sheffield Hallam University
We aim to give an overview of the work we’re doing with hard to reach groups, focusing on specifically using social media as a platform to engage and interact with carers who traditionally find it difficult interacting with other students due to their caring responsibilities. Full paper

Building a ‘Social Media CV’ to Enhance Student Employability and Best Practice

Ben Atkinson @benratkinson, Andy Beggan – University of Lincoln
The Social Media CV is a tool developed by the University of Lincoln at the culmination of a project to promote responsible use of social media and empower students to build a positive, outward facing social media presence that enhances their employability. Full paper

Speed filming: creating short sharable videos using Facebook Live (Workshop)

Helen Clough @helenalex, Andrew Smith @teraknor – The Open University @OUCisco
Lack of time, budget, or staff who aren’t digitally confident can act as barriers to creating video assets for live-streaming. In this practical session attendees will gain experience of designing and filming a short video asset for live-streaming that can be easily shared and reused. Full paper

Developing Successful Online Digital Media Courses

Jason Williams @jaylwilliams23, Mark Warnes @markwarnes2 – Anglia Ruskin University
This paper is a report of the evaluation of two bitesize online digital media courses. Ten Days of Twitter introduces staff to the use of Twitter for academic purposes, and 5 Days of Digital Literacy supports ARU’s Digital Literacy Framework. Full paper

The use of Social Media for assessment (The FB site for this module is for staff only)

Hilary Cunliffe-Charlesworth @hilarycunliffe, Laura Burden @lburdenmedia, Abby Butler – Sheffield Hallam University
The Department of Media, Arts and Communications at SHU demonstrate the use of social media in learning activities. The use of social media for assessment offers contemporary and relevant tasks, yet is constrained by regulatory and philosophical barriers. Is social media appropriate for HE assessments? Full paper

Social media in teacher education: A systematic review of the literature

Alison Iredale @alisoniredale, Katharine Stapleford @staplefordk, Diana Tremayne @dianatremayne – Leeds Beckett University
This review aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the use of social media (SM) in initial teacher education ITE). In particular, it sought to identify the effective use of SM in ITE; the underpinning pedagogical principles and the implications for further research. Full paper

Exploring the impact of twitter upon the student nurse journey – developing belonging and engagement.

Robert Mapp @robertmapp5, Lisa Abbott @lisaabbott75 – Birmingham City University
Following on from our SocMedHE 2016 thunderstorm submission which showcased the creation of the @BCUNursingteam twitter page. We have commenced a small scale research project exploring the impact of twitter upon the student nursing journey at Birmingham City University. Key themes shared which will include belonging, social capital, employability and student engagement. Full paper

Creative Playfulness and Convivial Interactions in a Participatory Culture: recent findings and implications for higher education

Sarah Honeychurch @NomadWarMachine – Fiona Patrick University of Glasgow
This presentation aims to show how a participatory culture can lead to deep learning and instil confidence in participants.We will show how, by sharing expertise in an informal setting, educators can gain confidence and learn new skills which can be used to transform student learning in formal, HE, settings. Full paper

Cracking the TEF crystal maze – technology edition (Workshop)

Emma Gillaspy @egillaspy, Neil Withnell @neilwithnell – University of Salford
The aim of the workshop is to explore using gamification to positively impact academic practice. Delegates will attempt to crack a Crystal Maze through a series of digital game zones that address the 3 areas of the TEF before spending their winning time in the TEF Crystal Dome. Full paper

Social media and learner identities: facilitator or inhibitor?

Teri-Lisa Griffiths @TeriLGriffiths, Jess Benton – Sheffield Hallam University
Student transition to higher education and the subsequent development of their learner identity could have significant implications on their sense of belonging. This project examines the role that social media may play in the way students articulate and rationalise their learning experience, in order to potentially improve support and learner development. Full paper

Walk this way… reflections on a #Twalk (Workshop)

Andrew Middleton @andrewmid, Chris Rowell @chri5rowell, Alex Spiers @alexspiers, Santanu Vasant @santanuvasant, Claire Moscop, Jeff Waldock – Sheffield Hallam University and beyond…
The workshop will explore the outcomes of a global CPD activity around a common walk augmented by the structured use of social media (a ‘#twalk’) in which all participants acted as co-producers to study the topic of digital placemaking. Full paper

#BiotechWeek: How to gain Twitter followers and employability skills in ten weeks

Anne Osterrieder @AnneOsterrieder – Oxford Brookes University
In my talk I describe the design of a level 6 biotechnology assignment, in which students work in groups to design biotechnology Twitter ‘campaigns’. As the task was embedded in ‘real-life’networks and students created professional non-student identities, they gained experience in communicating science effectively and building a professional online presence. Full paper

Using Padlet as a social engagement tool

Wendy Garnham @W_Garnham, Tab Betts @TabbanBetts – University of Sussex @ActiveLearnNTW (Active Learning Network)
Delegates will experience the Padlet project, as used with Foundation Year students to encourage staff-student research collaboration. Delegates will work in groups to produce a multimedia post relating to a key reading. The use of Padlet as a social media tool to encourage peer review and collaboration will be explored. Full paper

Can we use coaching conversations to unlock digital potential? (Workshop)

Emma Gillaspy @egillaspy, Liz Burns @lizjburns – University of Salford
Our aim is to assess the feasibility of taking a coaching approach to unlock academic staff digital potential. Case study activities will highlight the benefits and challenges of coaching. Delegates will investigate a range of coaching tools and techniques and discuss whether a coaching approach could work for their environment. Full paper

Social Media and Institutional Leadership in UK Higher Education
Sue Beckingham @suebecks – Sheffield Hallam University, Simon Horrocks @horrocks_simon – The Open University
Our work takes an original perspective, exploring the role of social media in institutional leadership and development. Full paper