Short Paper 3

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We are what we tweet: developing a digital identity in 140 characters or less; a journey from silent spectator to confident tweeter

Gillian Dawson – The Library of the University of the West of Scotland @uwslib

I aim to show the process of developing an online identity using Twitter whilst growing in digital confidence and capability. I will share my experiences as part of the @uwslib team and illustrate lessons learned along the way from this continually evolving account.

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Twitter as a curator of academic resources in the field of social sciences and humanities

Fernando Christian Hernandez Perez @bourdieu – Metropolitan Autonomous University, Azcapotzalco, Mexico City

This short paper presents a study which used a fictional identity on Twitter to reinforce traditional channels of learning and teaching by disseminating resources via this identity’s Twitter feed.

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Michelle Bond and Kelly Snape SocMedHE slidesDeveloping the digital literacy and professional social identities of staff in Higher Education through engagement with online training

Kelly Snape @kelsnape – Sheffield Hallam University and Michelle Bond @libmichelle
– Liverpool Hope University

Developing digitally literate HE staff:  an exploration of the challenges of encouraging staff to develop their own digital/social identity to equip them with the confidence to contribute to the development of the digital literacy and professional identities of students. A case study through the lens of working with careers practitioners.

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Bridging the gap between student learning and professional identity: Using Twitter to promote engagement in education policy

Damien Fitzgerald @teacheruni and Ester Ehiyazaryan-White – Sheffield Hallam University

This paper reports on using Twitter as part of a undergraduate module focused on child and family policy. The paper presents an overview of the results and an evaluation of the potential uses of Twitter to promote learning and engage students in real world contexts to develop their professional identities.

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mike ewanCake and other tools – How to develop SM through co-operation

Mike Ewen @mike_ewen – University of Hull

The talk aims to provide practical advice on developing relationships at local, regional and national levels to develop a networked approach to social media.

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Are you Facebooking for the future or still watching Breaking bad? – Experiencing the theory and the visual to comprehend history of the media

Hilary Cunliffe-Charlesworth @hilary_cunliffe and Joan Ramon Rodriguez-Amat – Sheffield Hallam University

Most academic subjects include topics that staff find fascinating but students do not want to learn. This paper considers how the use of social media (Facebook and Twitter) has been used to engage reluctant students and evaluates the challenges, questions and successes of using a wider range of learning tools.

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Frederic FovetSocial media and the widening of accessibility in Higher Education: Exploring social media use and Universal Design for Learning

Frederic Fovet @FFovet – La Trobe University Australia

The session will explore the possible uses and impact of social media in the widening of accessibility in Higher Education, for Students with Disabilities. It will analyse and present data collected on a large Canadian campus over a four year drive to implement Universal Design for Learning.

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Using Twitter to support the development of a learning community with postgraduate distance learning students

Simon Horrocks @horrocks_simon and Sheila Curran @sheilacurran1 – The Open University

This paper will explore the opportunities and challenges of introducing social media channels to support a distributed learning community. In particular, it will focus on the use of Twitter to support a global cohort of postgraduate education students at The Open University.

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