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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LSE: Why Scholars Should Blog and Tweet

The London School of Economics and Political Science:

Shorter, Better, Faster, Free: Blogging Changes the Nature of Academic Research, Not Just How It Is Communicated:

One of the recurring themes (from many different contributors) on the LSE Impact of Social Science blog is that a new paradigm of research communications has grown up — one that de-emphasizes the traditional journals route, and re-prioritizes faster, real-time academic communication. Blogs play a critical intermediate role. They link to research reports and articles on the one hand, and they are linked to from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ news-streams and communities. So in research terms blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now.

Using Twitter in University Research, Teaching, and Impact Activities:

How can Twitter, which limits users to 140 characters per tweet, have any relevance to universities and academia, where journal articles are 3,000 to 8,000 words long, and where books contain 80,000 words? Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters?

We have put together a short guide answering these questions, showing new users how to get started on Twitter and hone their tweeting style, as well as offering advice to more experienced users on how to use Twitter for research projects, alongside blogging, and for use in teaching.

Download the PDF for more on:

  • Building your following and managing your profile
  • Using Twitter to maximise the impact of your research project
  • Making the most of Twitter alongside your own blog
  • Using course accounts with students
  • A step by step guide to adding a Twitter feed to Moodle
  • Extra resources and links to blog posts and articles on academic blogging and impact

(Hat Tip:  Greg McNeal (@gregorymcneal)

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