Social Media for Training Review

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I attended the UCISA Social Media for Training Conference and here are my take-away points.

 Ideas for online tools to develop more effective meetings

At the LDC, we’ve been thinking of more effective ways of managing meetings and I got some ideas from Joe Nicholls who presented on a staff development workshop which look at how online tools could be used to make meetings more effective. The full presentation is available from:

Below are some suggestions of online tools

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Use twitter to develop collaborative lecture notes

Helen Keegan explained how she encourages students to live tweet a lecture and then uses storify to present the collaborative lecture notes. If you are interested in the idea have a look at the timely post from from the Guardian on the pros and cons of tweeting your lecture

Autotweet your PowerPoint

Set up your PowerPoint to autotweet as you progress through your slides or embed a twitter feedback slide into your PowerPoint.

Direct students to a specified start point in a YouTube video

You can direct students to a particular extract of a YouTube video by adding #t=ms to the end of the URL see the example below.

Crowd source your reading list

Encourage your students to find and review YouTube videos related to the course and share with the class via a social bookmarking group or collaborative blog.

Create screencasts of top 10 FAQs

Are you receiving a lot of the same queries from students? You could create a number of screencasts to address the top 10 frequently asked questions. We use Jing which you can download to your computer to capture screencasts. It is free and easy to use.

I found out who Rufi Franzen is

Rufi Franzen was part of an Alternative Reality Game (ARG) developed by Helen Keegan at University of Salford to teach an Advanced Multimedia module. The ARG played out on multiple platforms and in a face to face environment for the duration of the module. For more on how the ARG was developed you can Helen’s blog post.

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