Twitter users: join the conversation

Twitter users from across the campus are being asked to take part in an interactive event at 11:15am today.

The event is the first of a series titled ‘The Connected Researcher at Bath’ which focuses on social media and is aimed at research students.

The series is being run by Jez Cope from the Department of Chemistry and E-Learning Officer for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Geraldine Jones.

Jez says: “We have identified an opportunity to increase the use of social media among our research students, both to maintain an awareness of topical events in their subjects and to promote their work.”

This first event is being presented by Tristram Hooley from the University of Derby. Tristram, co-wrote the Research Information Network’s recent publication ‘Social media: a guide for researchers’ (PDF).

He will be addressing the conceptual issues surrounding social media and helping the group to understand the potential its use has for them.

Jez adds: “We are thrilled that Tristram is taking the time to come to Bath to speak to our students. However, we are aware that there is already a large community from the University using platforms such as Twitter and would love to make use of local expertise going forward.

“The event today will involve the students using Twitter for the first time and we would like current users from the University to log on today and join in with us virtually.”

To get involved, social media users from the University are invited to:

  • Log into their Twitter accounts today (Thursday 14 April) between 11:15am – 12:30pm, and introduce themselves to the research students as they take part in an introductory hands-on workshop. Use the hashtag #bathcr to make your tweets easily searchable
  • Share your thoughts about the value of social media for research using #bathcr over coming weeks
  • Log into the new wiki space and add your comments and contributions

The group is also looking to record some short video clips of researchers and support staff in higher education talking about how and why they use social media. If you are happy to contribute to these please contact Jez Cope by email.

Research students interested in attending the event should register online. Places are limited, but if there is sufficient demand there may be opportunities to run similar workshops in the future.

Tristram’s talk will be recorded using Panopto, and will be available for all students and staff to view from next week.

The series is being funded by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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