Thursday, November 06, 2014
FIR on Higher Education #22 – Prof. Deborah Lupton Discusses Study on Academics’ Use of Social Media
“Social media still has an image problem amongst academics – they still see it as a trivial platform.”
These are the words of Deborah Lupton, a Professor at the University of Canberra and author of the study Feeling Better Connected – Academics Use of Social Media.
On episode 22 of FIR on Higher Education, Deborah delves into the findings from this study. Among the topics we discuss:
• How academics can overcome the fears of social media.
• Best practice on conducting trainings.
• Leveraging social media in conducting research.
• How social media can support increased citations of research.
• The credibility of academic blogging.
In our reports section, I discuss research on how online learning prepares high school students for college and Harry Hawk discusses big data and its potential to identify students going through difficult circumstances.
This episode is sponsored in part by Experiential Communications’ forthcoming Online Media Training Program for Academics.
About Deborah Lupton
Deborah Lupton is the Centenary Research Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra, Australia. She see herself principally as a sociologist, but her work is often interdisciplinary, especially engaging with media, communication and cultural studies. Her undergraduate training was in sociology and anthropology at the Australian National University, and she has a Master of Public Health and a doctorate from the University of Sydney. She has authored 14 books, edited two others and published around 130 academic journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Her current research is focusing on digital sociology, particularly on these topics: critical digital health studies; the critical sociology of big data; self-tracking cultures; the digitisation of children; and social media and academia. Access her blog.
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Kevin Anselmo is the Founder and Principal of Experiential Communications, a consultancy focused on education. He helps brands within academia - whether individual or corporate - communicate with stakeholders. He also teaches communications and public relations workshops to different individuals and groups and is currently designing an online media training program for academics.
Previously, Kevin was Director of Public Relations for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and prior to that managed the media relations for IMD Business School in Switzerland. In addition, he was an adjunct communications professor at Nyack College in New York.
Currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kevin lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years and in Germany for two years. He has led public relations initiatives in various countries around the world.
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