Recently gave a presentation with Andy Horton and Tom Groves to my colleagues in the Learning Resources department on issues relating to the use of social media. There is an overlap between what is perofessional and what is personal using tools like blogs, Twitter or YouTube. Here are the slides we used:
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I am currently working with MiKko Arevuo (Lecturer in Strategic Management here at Regent’s College) on a project called TheBrain.http://www.thebrain.com/is a ‘3D’ mapping tool which Mikko is using a repository for his teaching.
I applied and received a Research Grant from Regent’s College last year which paid for the WebBrain licence and allowed some emission from Mikko’s teaching commitments.
Mikko set up the TheBrain for his module in Sept 2011 and used it throughout the semester as the main way his students would access their resources. The resources consisted of Lectures (Powerpoint presentations), Handout (Word documents and links to articles) and links to YouTube videos.
The evaluation process of the WebBrain so far has consisted of a Student questionnaire handed out to the students : Webbrain_questionnaire-1 with comments – 23rd Oct. The results of the questionnaire were collated using EvaSys http://www.evasys.co.uk/start.html Here are the results of the questionnaire Results of WebBrain Questionnaire – Nov 2012, I then summarised these results into a shorter summary, WebBrain Questionnaire Summary – Dec 2012.
The next stage is to interview Mikko, here my interview questions, WebBrain Interview questions. I will interview Mikko in the next week or two.
This semester the aim is to repeat the module again using the WeBrain as the main resources for students and repeat the questionnaire and interview. We have also created a Guide for Students – Feb 2013 to be distributed at the start of term. I think it will also be worthwhile getting together some student focus groups if we have time.
We brain stormed quite a few ideas but eventually settled on “Is the Personal Professional? A look at how we use social media” as our title for the forthcoming meeting, in other words “how the line between professional and personal becomes blurred”.
We had a good discussion around several issues, and Andy summarised the main points as:
What are the potential implications of social media use on recruitment?
Should there be – and can there be – separation of one’s personal and professional identity online?
What should Learning Resources’s (LR) policy be regarding our use of social media?
How can LR guide users of the social media resources we provide to use them wisely?
What branding should there be of our official LR social media identities, and what “voice” should they have?
What is needed to maintain an individual or organization’s successful social media presence? (e.g. Having enough content, monitoring responses and replying)
What are the legal implications of social media use? (e.g. contracts, HR issues)
Implications for organizations in general and Regent’s College Learning Resources in particular.
Finally we agreed to do a short presentation each focusing on 3 examples of social media that LR could use:
Andy – Twitter
Using own Twitter feed and other examples, looking at the balance between personal and professional content, the user’s “voice”, advantages and risks of tweeting.
Chris – blogging
Using this blog and other examples, looking at similar issues as above. Andy also supplied me some recent examples (not just from HE), such as, La Petite Anglaise http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/mar/30/news.france. and Dooce, – on losing her job over her blog http://dooce.com/about/
Tom – Youtube
Using own videos plus other examples, looking at setting access levels, some legal issues, how content can be re-transmitted once it is uploaded.
I think I need to look at these issues in more detail once I’ve done a little more research. Hopefully once I’ve done this it will form the basis of Part 2 of “Is the personal Professional”?
Nb Many thanks to @fechbuch for summarising the discussion and recording it in such a precise and systematic way (ever thought of doing that as a job?).