Social Media for the Social Sciences

Supporting the ALISS Web 2.0 workshop

Social Media for the Social Sciences

This blog supports the ALISS Web 2.0 workshop at the University of Bristol.

Specifically the session on Social Media for the Social Sciences, by Paul Ayres, from Intute: Social Sciences who also produce the Intute Virtual Training Suite, a set of tutorials covering Internet research skills.

The slides from the presentation are available online and are also below:

It includes sections on

The links to all the websites mentioned in the presentation are available via Delicious.

Exercises

The exercises are intended to let you get to grips with the various tools mentioned in the presentation. It is assumed that you will have access to a web-based email account to register for some of these services.

  • There is one exercise per service
  • Plus an advanced exercise for each
  • And a blog related exercise for each
  • You can start to add to your blog by following the rest of the exercises

… or you are welcome to explore the links available through this blog.

Written by Paul Ayres

March 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Posted in a welcome

Twitter

Twitter – what is it?

  • Asks what are you up to right now?
  • Limited to just 140 characters
  • Like the status update feature on Facebook – and that’s all
  • Follow people you know, those you don’t, organisations, publications
  • Part blog, part social networking site, and part IM tool

Twitter in Plain English

… more Twitter related links from Delicious.

Twitter – an example

Intute: Economics on Twitter features blog posts and new Internet resources on Economics

Also follow other organisations / publication such as Times Higher, the Economist, HM Treasury, the FT and individual academics and individual academics

Twitter – possible uses

  • Pointers to online resources based around a course
  • Student reminders about deadlines
  • Breaking down barriers and getting to know others over this “virtual water cooler”
  • Keeping up to date for you and students
  • Instant lecture feedback – are you Twittering about this presentation?
  • 7 things you should know about Twitter by EDUCAUSE looks at this further
  • The Intute Twitter 500 some suggestions on educational use of Twitter

Exercise

  • Go to Twitter at http://twitter.com/ and register for an account
  • Add your first Tweet (short message of 140 characters)
  • Use the tag alissweb2 in your Tweet
  • Under Find People – try searching for Intute
  • Follow one of the Intute channels such as the Intute: Economics channel

Advanced

Go to the Twitter Search page at: http://search.twitter.com/advanced

Try a search term and filter the latest Tweets to those that contain links

Blog

Add your Twitter feed or one of the Intute Twitter feeds to your blog

http://support.wordpress.com/twitter/

Written by Paul Ayres

March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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Delicious / Social Bookmarking

Delicious – what is it

  • Social Bookmarking website
  • Save and store bookmarks online
  • Organise them with tags or keywords
  • Be social – follow other bookmarkers and send / receive links
  • Alas education is an overused word http://delicious.com/tag/education

Social Bookmarking in Plain English

See the ESCalate Delicious account for Education related bookmarks or the Economics Network Delicious account for Economics related links

Delicious – possible uses

  • Keeping the same set of bookmarks if using more than one computer
  • Organise collection of resources around an agreed tag – escelearn
  • One link for related resources http://delicious.com/cfbloke/alissweb2
  • Social bookmarking – develop a network and share the load
  • An alternative search engine
  • … and many more from Gabriela Grosseck

Exercise

  • Go to Delicious at http://delicious.com/ and register for an account
  • Add your favourite Social Sciences website to your account
  • Add the tag alissweb2 when bookmarking it and search for alissweb2

Advanced

Add another Delicious user to your network http://delicious.com/help/faq#network

Blog

Add your delicious bookmarks or the alissweb2 bookmarks to your blog

http://support.wordpress.com/widgets/delicious-widget/

Written by Paul Ayres

March 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Blogs

Blogs – what are they

  • Online diary style website
  • Quick and easy web publishing
  • Offer instant communication
  • Regularly updated
  • Require little technical knowledge
  • A social / networking activity
  • Links to other online resources
  • Try the Guide to Using Blogs in Economics

Blogs in Plain English

… or sample some blog related links from Delicious.

Blogs – potential uses – teaching and learning

  • Replacing standard class web pages
  • Professor-written blogs which cover interesting developments that relate to the theme of the course
  • Organization of in-class discussion
  • Organization of intensive seminars where students have to provide weekly summaries of the readings
  • Requiring students to write their own blogs as part of their grade

From Henry Farrell contributor at Crooked Timber

Blogs – more potential uses

  • Writing up as you go along
  • Floating new or embryonic ideas
  • Dissemination of research results
  • Disseminate news and service updates
  • Take advantage of the “invisible college” of fellow academics
  • Engaging with the public to find out what they want
  • Sidestepping the mainstream media for publicity
  • Great potential for reflection See Julie Hughes 2006 ALT-C paper

Exercise

Advanced

Chat with one of your neighbours, find out the web address of their blog and leave a comment on their blog post or on this blog at https://alissweb2.wordpress.com

Note

All of the other exercises have an optional blog related element – you can start to add to your blog by following the rest of the exercises

Written by Paul Ayres

March 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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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.

Written by Paul Ayres

March 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Audio / Podcasting

What is a podcast?

My definition of a podcast is …

  • Audio – videos are more likely to be learning objects and vlogging does not need RSS
  • Regular – one audio file does not constitute a podcast, must have a sense of regularity
  • Syndicated via RSS – otherwise it’s an online audio file that has been possible for years

… other viewpoints are available

Podcasting in Plain English

Podcasting in Higher Education

Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes is a UK HEA initiative which aims to explore the use of podcasts in higher education

Podcasting for Learning in Universities is a book detailing a range of case studies on the use of podcasts and provides a model for developing effective podcasts – much of this work grew oput of the IMPALA project

VOX Talks are from the Centre for Economic Policy Research and feature interviews with academic economists talking about their work

Potential uses of podcasting

  • Distance learning / self-paced learning
  • Advanced or supplementary material
  • Choice depending on learning style
  • Promotion of research
  • Topical updates related to lecture material
  • Replace the lecture
  • Student assessment and feedback
  • Collecting data in the field

More podcasting tips

A Bakers Dozen of Practical Podcasting Tips – less theory, more practice

Podcasting and Audio in the Social Sciences – overview of key audio resources

My Podcasting Life … or the Reverse Obama Effect – lessons from various podcasting experiments

Podcasts links from Delicious – with an emphasis on podcasting in HE

Exercise

  • Go to Intute: Social Sciences http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/
  • Search for podcast* and filter your results by subject – try Education
  • Explore some of the recommended sites and try to find a podcast to listen to

Advanced

Go to the Podcasting for Learning in Universities book support website at: http://www.atimod.com/podcasting/

Click on the Podcasting Model link and explore this podcasting model

Blog

Create a new blog post and link to an mp3 file by typing

Open square bracket
Type the word audio
Leave a space
URL of an audio file ending in .mp3
Close square bracket

… but all on one line

More details are available from the WordPress.com Audio support page.

Written by Paul Ayres

March 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Posted in podcasts

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YouTube / online video

What is YouTube?

  • Number one video sharing site on the Internet, top 10 of all Internet sites
  • Approx. 40% share of online video market – if it’s not on YouTube, it doesn’t exist?
  • Ten of millions of videos are watched each and every day
  • Vast majority of videos are “user generated content” – made by people like you and me

Is YouTube educational?

YouTube launched YouTube EDU last week to collect together videos from Universities, but does it bring together all the educational content that may be on YouTube?

You may wish to compare and contrast the experiences of these two American academics.

Alex Juhasz has also written up her experiences of Teaching on YouTube.

Michael Wesch has also provided An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube.

YouTube for Fun and Education – some issues on the YouTube community and some related Delicious links.

Life beyond YouTube

Online video – possible uses

  • Distance learning
  • Supplementary lectures (e.g. research skills, presentation skills)
  • Contextualising an issue, e.g. old news footage
  • Perspectives for students to examine critically (news coverage, activist videos, TED lectures)
  • Screen capture (e.g. demonstrating software)
  • Short humour items to break up a long lecture
  • Student video assignment?

Exercise

  • Go to YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/
  • Search for heaescalate and you should find a video called There to Care
  • Repeat the above for the search term vision of students today
  • Repeat the above for the search term commoncraft – to get to some great videos that explain Social Media websites

Advanced

Register for an account at http://www.youtube.com/ and rate a video, leave a comment on it or add it as a Favourite

Blog

Create a new blog post and embed a YouTube video in the body of the blog post

Follow the instructions from WordPress.com on embedding YouTube videos.

… and the video will be automatically added to your post

Written by Paul Ayres

March 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

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