Social Media for the Social Sciences

Supporting the ALISS Web 2.0 workshop

SlideShare

SlideShare – what is it?

  • Upload PowerPoint presentations so they are freely available online
  • Easily embeddable in other services e.g. blogs
  • Add an mp3 soundtrack / narration and sync it with the slides
  • YouTube for PowerPoint
  • Community features such as tags, comments, favourites, related SlideCasts etc.

SlideShare – an example

The effective use of blogs in economics education from a workshop, recorded after the event as a SlideCast – PowerPoint slides synced with audio.

  • Initially presented to 25 people at the DEE conference in 2007
  • Now viewed over over 2000 times, downloaded over 60 times, embedded in 6 other websites
  • Adding an audio track makes a SlideShare much more useful, making it a SlideCast

SlideShare – possible uses

  • Disseminating lecture material for revision purposes
  • Discuss lecture material using the comments feature to aid understanding
  • As a student assignment assessing virtual presentation skills
  • Find other presentations on your topic – save reinventing the wheel
  • Building up a body of resources over time on a particular topic
  • Drawing together conference / seminar materials using a common tag or keyword
  • STOP PRESS – SlideShare played an April Fool’s prank on their users, some people were not impressed by it, prompting some to look for alternatives (scroll down to the section on presentations)

Exercise

  • Go to SlideShare at http://www.slideshare.net/
  • Search for cfbloke and find this presentation
  • Explore the SlideCast section and find one with an audio track

Blog

Create a new blog post and embed a SlideShare presentation in it

http://support.wordpress.com/slideshows/slideshare/

This can be particularly powerful when accompanied by an audio track.

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Written by Paul Ayres

March 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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