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Looking in from the outside: Developing your own windows of opportunities using social media

Sue Beckingham, Sheffield Hallam University

As educational developers and trainers the focus of our work is on supporting others to learn and develop new skills. We do this in a variety of different ways from face to face to blended and distance learning. Increasingly technology is providing innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning and to engage learners.  This may include the use of video, audio and images as well as Web 2.0 tools and social media. The potential to socially share this knowledge and to use technology to mediate this process is an important aspect of our own professional development. Shining a spotlight on how we can use social media to do this, I will share some of the key tools I have used and the impact they have had.

Helen Keegan, University of Salford

The rise of social software, often termed Web 2.0, has resulted in exciting opportunities for creative and innovative approaches to learning and training that are afforded by network technologies. Social software platforms and emerging pedagogies are now part of the learning landscape both for those who learn formally within institutions, and for those who learn informally via web-based learning communities. The opportunities for communication and collaboration on a global scale are unprecedented.

How are learners using social media in everyday settings, and how does this relate to the use of social media in education and training?

In this presentation, I will explore these topics and present powerful examples of innovation, creativity, serendipity and opportunity. Taking a long-term view of the use of social media in education and training, I will highlight key areas including: digital identities; open education; students as producers; peer mentoring and behaviour modelling; gamification and the power of the network.

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Developing digital literacy through social media: trainer and trainee perspective

Joe Nicholls, Cardiff University

This talk will introduce the concept of digital literacy as a valuable way of informing the design, development and provision of training. It will explore its significance from the perspective of both the trainer and the trainee and its relevance for the use of social media for provisioning and participating in training related activities.

It will be argued that the growing body of work associated with digital literacy has much to offer in promoting a more holistic and integrated approach to technology dependent and technology focused education.

To illustrate these points references will be made to a workshop developed for Information Services staff at Cardiff University to enable better use of social media to realise more effective meetings.

Joe Nicholls is Principal Consultant for learning, teaching and web technologies in Information Services at Cardiff University. He is currently project lead on a two year JISC funded project (Digidol which is working to identify and establish effective ways of developing the digital literacy of staff and students throughout the institution.

YouTube for Training

Craig Taylor, Solutions Consultant, Epic

60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every second.
Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day
Over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month
Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years

How much of this staggering use is down to you or your learners?
Are you maximising YouTube within your organisation as much as you could?
Is YouTube just a place you direct learners to, to add something visual to your VLE?

In this interactive session, Craig Taylor will be taking the ‘Flipped classroom’ approach by providing significant chunks of the sessions content via YouTube for attendees to view, interact with and respond to before the session itself starts! There will be content around using YouTube not only in its ‘traditional’ manner, but also how to restrict viewing access, conduct polls, use it as a product/service support channel, as a Q&A channel and even how to create interactive videos! All of these videos can be viewed by searching YouTube for - UCISASoMe.  

It is extremely important that these videos are viewed and where relevant responded to/engaged with prior to this session as there will be no time to watch them again during the session itself!

The face-to-face session will then allow us to explore these areas in greater detail as well as identify other ideas and good practice from amongst the attendees.

Facebook for Facilitating

Gillian Fielding and Amina Helal, University of Salford

Facebook is huge. If it was a country it would be the world’s third largest. Amazingly it was established less than 10 years ago (2004). It has over 800 million users. The average user spends over 700 minutes per month on Facebook. Facebook is no longer a platform just for finding girls/boys. Its vision statement has been rewritten eight times and plans to overtake Google as the place to find information.

Our current education system is based on one which was established during the industrial revolution. The digital revolution is going to have a massive impact on education. How for Facebook will impact that is unknown, however... studies show that 70% of what we learnt for our jobs is from others, by ‘social learning’. Facebook can be used in various ways for education.

Facebook for facilitating will look at the ways Facebook can be used in training and teaching. As a distance learning platform; to augment classroom learning, and to support students outside the system. This session will look at these areas.

Twitter for Training

Phil Vincent, Sheffield Hallam University

At #UCISASoMe IT Trainer @PhilVincent will offer some ideas, and lead a discussion, on how you might use #Twitter to support your #Training

Making the most of Google +

Martin Hamilton, Loughborough University

Legal and Policy Implications of Social Media

Matt Stephenson, University of Salford

Social media has come a long way in a very short time and organisations are struggling to keep up.  What started as a clever way to keep in touch with old school friends ten years ago has become a core part of the work of many people and their employers and so it is vital that use of social media is compliant with the laws of the land  and works as a promotional tool and not a source of potential risk.  Matthew Stephenson, head of information governance at the University of Salford and chairman of the Information and Records Management Society will guide you through this complex and uncertain area.


Event Information
Event: Using Social Media for training
Date: 18 April 2012
Venue: University of Salford, MediaCityUK campus
Book by:  30 March 2012
Status: open

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