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Event and Blogging Opportunity

I mentioned an event at the blogging workshop that I thought might be of interest to you – CAMAWiSE is running an event on Wednesday (26th June) with Prof. Dame Athene Margaret Donald from the Department of Experimental Physics on social media, “Different ways to reach out”, looking at the use of social media in impact and public engagement activities. Athene Donald’s blog has been an extremely successful way for her to connect with a wider audience, and is full of really useful insights into the life of a science researcher, particularly addressing issues which relate to women’s careers. She blogs as part of the Occam’s Typewriter blog network, which you may also wish to explore, to find interesting blogs or even to think about writing with as a guest contributor or even regular blogger!

To attend this event on social media,you’ll need to register. 

Also, if you’d like to get some blogging experience yourself, they’d like someone to write a post about the event for their blog, so if setting up your own blog in the first instance is a bit daunting, this is a great opportunity to get some experience writing a guest post!

Extra Workshops!

There was some interest during the STEMDigital launch workshop for some more sessions on the specific topics we’ll be covering online, so to complement these posts, I’ve arranged for the following workshops. Participants of STEMDigital have priority booking!

Making the Most of LinkedIn

We’ll shortly be covering how to use profiles on networking platforms such as LinkedIn, and Meg Westbury, a librarian at the Judge Business School, has very kindly agreed to lead a session for you, focussing on how to get the most out of LinkedIn. The session is timed to coincide with the STEMDigital post on LinkedIn so you can think about your use in the session and then explore it with us here on the blog. The session is at 10.30 – 12 on Friday 14th of June, and you can book your place here. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging

The last week of this module will cover setting up a blog (to use either as a blog or as a personal website). To complement this, I’ll be leading a workshop on Blogging for Beginners, to cover technical aspects of setting up a blog choosing one of the popular blogging platforms, the practical considerations around managing an individual or group blog, and look at features which make an effective academic blog, from writing style and choice of topic to publicising your posts. The workshop will be 13.30-16.00 on Wednesday 19th June and  you can book your place here.

A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

We’re getting ahead of ourselves a little here but the second module of STEMDigital covers more interactive use of social media than module one. One of the tools we’ll be using is Twitter, and for such a simple tool, it has a lot to it! As well as the launch workshop for Module Two (details to be advertised) I’ll be running a session focussing specifically on Twitter, and we’ll be following up here online as usual with some activities and tools to explore. The workshop will be on Monday 17th June, 13.30-16.30 and you can book your place here. This workshop is for those new to twitter, so if you’ve already experimented a bit, you might prefer to follow on with us online where we’ll be looking at some of the more advanced add-ons.

Don’t worry if you can’t make any of the sessions – I’ll post materials here afterwards as usual! Hope to see you there.

If you have any other requests for workshops on social media, do let me know in the comments below!

STEMDigital starts next week!

STEMDigital will be launched next week, with two workshops at which you can meet the other participants and discuss some of the issues we’ll be looking at, over the 5 weeks of the programme. The workshops will give you an overview of the strategic issues and questions to consider when building your professional academic online identity, and offer some practical tips and advice on how to go about setting up an effective and secure online profile to suit your aims and preferences. We’ll then be following this initial session up online, with a weekly hands-on exploration of specific websites and tools through this blog.

As you may be based either in central Cambridge or over on the West Cambridge site, we’ll be offering two alternative sessions, to make it more convenient for you!

To book your place, see the joining instructions and visit Cambridge University’s Online Training Booking system. If you can’t make either of these sessions, materials will be posted here after the workshops, and you can still join in the online activities through this blog.

If you have any questions about the programme, check out the FAQ or find out more about the format and how it works.

I look forward to seeing you next week and online!

Welcome to STEMDigital!

Welcome to STEMDigital, a programme for early career researchers in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Maths at the University of Cambridge, to introduce them to social media. In a series of interlinked workshops and online activities run in association with the Researcher Development Programme, we’ll be exploring the impact of social media on academia – the potential and the pitfalls. This programme is an opportunity for you to experiment for yourself to see how you might use social media effectively to enhance your work, understand developments in academia such as Impact and Open Access, and also explore issues such as copyright, privacy and security.

Social media is an area which is really best learned by doing it. It involves not just understanding the functionality, but also the new behaviours and values which the digital technology entails, which might be quite different to traditional academic ones. Each week, we’ll explore a social media tool and think about how it might be useful in the context of your work as a STEM early career researcher, but also the wider issues it raises. The aim of the programme is not necessarily to ‘train’ you how to use social media tools (although we’ll do that too!), or to encourage them to use all of them if you don’t wish to, but to come to an informed understanding of their impact, potential and risks though real experience of them. By the end of the programme, you’ll have tried them out and can decide what works best for you and what you’re comfortable with.

As social media involves networking, sharing and collaboration, we’ll be learning together using the very social media tools we’re exploring! You’ll be making useful new connections with other STEM researchers at Cambridge, sharing experiences and building a community as we go.