Supporting Researcher Engagement With Social Tools

Today I signed in to the Netskills “Supporting Researcher Engagement With Social Tools” online talk presented by Alan Cann, University of Leicester. Alan wrote a guest blog post on Go Forth and Amplify! for us last year.

It was a really interesting talk and presented very effectively in Elluminate.

More Tips for Elluminate

Everytime I attend an Elluminate session, either as a presenter, moderator or participant there seem to be more tips to add to the list. Here are a couple from today’s session:

  • Tick list – I liked the ‘tick list’ slide at the beginning of the session. The moderator asked all participants to give him a green tick in response to the questions: Can you hear me? Can you see slides,? Can you see the Web cam?
  • Clarity about chat – Clarity over questions and discussion is always important. Steve Boneham explained that the rules were: general chit chat in chat box, formal questions by hand raising in the discussion time.
  • Discussion time – The session was nicely split up in to brief (10 minutes or so) sections with a 5 minute break for discussion time. This worked really well.
  • Video – The Netskills team explained that the Elluminate session would be available for watching later on and that the video would also be available by itself for sharing. They use for this.

The Talk Itself

Alan used the RIN paper If you build it, will they come? How researchers perceive and use web 2.0 and his response to it (Cann, A., Dimitriou, K. & Hooley, T. (2011) Social Media: A Guide for Researchers. London: Research Information Network.) as the basis for the talk. He used a couple of case studies and quotations from researchers about social media to raise a number of different issues. For example he introduced the Visitors and Residents principle – Residents are much more comfortable with social media and live out a portion of their identity online whereas Visitors see social networking as tools that you use (and leave). There’s a good introduction to it by Dave White from the University of Oxford. [Dave gave the previous Netskills online talk on The Rhetoric of Openness.]

Alan also talked about some other interesting ideas: A holistic view of social media – it’s all an incremental process including the QA of knowledge, information overload being more filter failure (ignore or read or park or discard!), filter bubbles, bad networks, web personalisation and more.

A lot to follow up and some good book recommendations too! I’ll share the recorded session links with you as soon as I have them.

I’ve also just spotted Emma Cragg’s notes on the session – these are great – page 1 and page 2.


6 thoughts on “Supporting Researcher Engagement With Social Tools

  1. Good speedy post Marieke! Watch out for the recording links … ’tis converting now (takes ‘real-time’ to process). Minor point, but we host the videos on our YouTube channel (not and also provide a link to watch the full session again via Elluminate.

  2. Hi Marieke,

    Useful to hear your feedback on this, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the seminar too.

    As to your questions about getting video out of elluminate, Elluminate publisher lets you export the video and audio from the session as standalone files in a range of formats. It’s just a case of pointing it at the recording URL, then waiting for it to churn out files in real time as Will says. So not too difficult or requiring much human intervention.

    To try to retain some context when we put it on YouTube from where it will hopefully get shared & embedded elsewhere, we tend to top & tail it with our video ident/cover slides. That means we have to edit and reencode it, which takes a bit of time, but again that’s mainly just waiting for the computer to process it.

    Love the graphical notes from Emma – thanks for flagging these up.


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