Learning with Social Media

University learning does not just go on in classrooms or virtual learning environments. It goes on continually in the interactions you have with other students and people in the ‘real world’. Today’s social media (environments such as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Digg, personal blogs, etc.) provide a global platform for such interactions. The materials in this topic will introduce you to the use of social media for interacting with, and learning from, people with similar (or even very different) interests to your own.

7 Things You Should Know about iPad Apps for Learning

Estimated study time 20 mins
Applications designed for the iPad offer interactive content that takes advantage of touch-screen navigation.

7 Things You Should Know About Organizing Files in the Cloud

Estimated study time 20 mins
What is cloud storage? Why does it matter to teaching and learning?

Audioboo online training videos

Estimated study time 30 mins
Russell Stannard explains how to use Audioboo, the popular podcasting site.

Blogging for Researchers

Estimated study time 10 mins
Find out how to set up your own blog and use it as part of your research activities.

How to build your Professional Learning Network

Estimated study time 5 mins
What is a PLN? What tools do I need to get started?


Estimated study time 1 hour
A wiki covering the theory, pedagogy and practical side of podcasting.

Podcasting in Plain English

Estimated study time 3 mins
A short introduction to podcasting and how it's different from broadcasting.

Scoop.it Training video

Estimated study time 25 mins
Scoop.it takes content from the internet around a subject of your choosing and creates a webpage.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Estimated study time 3 mins
A short introduction to the concept of social bookmarking, using Delicious.com as the example.

Social Media: A Guide for Researchers

Estimated study time 2 hours
This guide will show you how you can use social media to help your research and your career.

Twitter for research

Estimated study time 15 mins
How do you feel about Twitter? Are you not using it?

Using Twitter in university research

Estimated study time 1 hour
Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters?

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