Open Day Workshop: The Use of Social Media for Academic Practice

Open Day Workshop - The Use of Social Media for Academic Practice

In this workshop, Prof. María Florenzano shows you the ways to put your social media skills into academic practice, as part of our Open Days sessions for prospective students

Saturday, April 25, 2015
MIUC Campus
Avenida Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón, s/n Finca El Pinillo
29601 Marbella

Start: 12:00 – 14:00

All workshops are held in English and free of charge. Please sign up to confirm your attendance:
The use of social media for academic practice

The use of social media for academic practice
Prof. María Florenzano

Can we use Facebook or Twitter as a way to create, expand and share our own knowledge? Which other technological tools can help us in our academic practice? Enhance your skills and access a wide variety of academic tools and resources that will add on to your future career.

Can social media be a useful tool for academic research? Considering Twitter, which limits its users to 140 characters per tweet, how can this tool be relevant at all to universities and academia, where the target length for an article is 8,000 to 1,000 thousand words? Is it possible to say anything of academic value in 140 characters?

This workshop will try to show prospective university students the potential of these new media tools for academic research. We will briefly show neophytes how to get started on social media and to sharpen their “tweeting” style, and offering advice on how to use these tools for research projects, academic blogging and other uses in scholar practices.

Workshop Programme:

1. Building your PLE (Personal Learning Environment). We will study how to create your own PLE and extend your learning beyond the classroom.

2. Managing a strong academic profile on the social media. We will see some examples of good profiles in social media and we will try to build/improve our own.

3. Use social media to maximise the impact of your academic work (research projects, papers, thesis, counselling…)

4. Alternative social networks to get academic help throughout your career. Review of some of the unknown tools that can help you to maximise your research skills and become a lifelong learner.

5. Gain knowledge on this type of technology with extra resources and links to relevant blog posts and articles on academic blogging and impact.

6. Be aware of some of the dangers of social media misuse.

Maria Florenzano is an educational consultant, specialised in using innovative technology with more than 15 years experience in both corporate and private educational sectors. She is a skilled classroom practitioner who has coordinated major educational projects like iTEC and iTILT, helping to shape and change practices and policies in schools and universities across Europe. As a lecturer, she has worked in different European universities like the European Business School in London, Regent´s College, and Internationella Skolorna. She has also taught for different international colleges like The British School of Barcelona and ACS International School in London, all under diverse education systems such as the British A Level System, the American AP’s and the International Baccalaurate.