@sk – Academics Sharing Knowledge
The theme of the conference is sharing and engaging others in good practice to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. This is particularly relevant in a rapidly changing external context where maintaining and continuing to enhance high quality will be crucial.
Technology enhanced practice: Tweet, Pin and Scoop – Creative approaches to engaging in and documenting research
This presentation and paper will examine how online social networking micro blogging tools (Twitter) as well as ‘content curation’ platforms (Pinterest and Scoop-it) can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous activities with a focus on how these tools help to facilitate blended approaches to teaching and learning. These tools can be used to introduce good practice for academic research and referencing and can be used as selective research methods that encourage curation not aggregation of information. Curation online, requires skill ‘mastery, passion, knowledge and expertise. Without such additional layers, a curated collection of links is just a collection of links’ (Foremski 2011). How these tools can be used to encourage collaborative working practices as well as interactive discussion will also be illustrated. By their nature these tools can also be used to widen participation and be used for asynchronous activity. In addition to being used as academic research tools their uses for Social media profile development and networking opportunities will also be referred to.
Foremski, T 2011, Curation Is Not Cheap Content… weblog, accessed 14th March 2012< http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2011/05/curation_and_ch.php >