Great news, I have just approved the 200th member to the School of Computing Linkedin Alumni Group. The group was started by Dr. Niccolo Capanni on the 12th February 2009, hence it’s almost three years to the day the group was originally created. I took over managing the group nine months ago at which point there was 110 members. Hopefully with another cohort of Honours & MSc students graduating in July we will have a good number of additional members joining the group. It will be interesting to see how long it will take before we hit the 300 member milestone. If you are a graduate of the School of Computing at Robert Gordon University they you can join the group by following this link. Before joining it is well worth while to take a look at a few other profiles to get a sense for what they are like. You should clearly outline your link to the School – what degree you did, subjects of interest, extracurricular activities etc. You may also want to do some searching around and establish at least a few connections, before your request to join will be approved. The following post by http://cbeagrie.wordpress.com can be a useful starting place for some ideas regarding the content you may wish to include in your profile.
The end of the first week of 2012 is drawing to a close and have decided to take the plunge into the world of social media by setting up this blog along with twitter, youtube, flickr and a google profile. This is certainly not my very first venture into online social networking, having established a linkedin account a few years ago to stay in touch with colleagues and students (I also manage the School’s linkedin Alumni Group). It would seem that using social media in academia is becoming all the more popular, several academics within the School of Computing post to twitter from time to time. The most prolific social media guru with the School would have to be our Systems Manager who blogs and tweets on a very regular basis. The Universities Principal has been blogging and tweeting almost daily since 2008.
So what has made me decide to enter the world of social media? This is not the first time that I have used a blog, I first entered the world of using wordpress a few months ago when I established a site to disseminate details of the research seminars I was hosting at the School of Computing & the IDEAS Research Institute (A number of the speakers being quite avid fans of social media). I was quite impressed with the ease at which posts could be created as well as the useful statistics that can be gleaned from the dashboard.
Prior to this however, I gave some lectures on this aspect of social media, probably four to five years ago now. The focus however was more on the technical aspects of how the underlying table structure was generated and accessed rather than the “social media” aspect.
Over the Christmas period I decided to do a little bit of investigation into the advantages and benefits of same. The following are just a few of the interesting sites & blogs I looked at over Christmas that readily promote and use the medium of social media particularly in the role of academia.
Six blog tips for busy Academics
Free Technology for Teachers
Grants for public Engagement
Science of Blogging
Donald Clark Plan B
Lecturer Scott’s Blog
Eugene O’Loughlin’s Blog
Joseph Feller’s Blog
Mike Just’s Blog
Soren Bondrup-Nielsen’s Blog
Simon Dobson’s Blog
Aaron Quigley’s Blog