The power of social media

I’ve been reflecting a bit about how social media have changed the way I do things, partly in response to this post !  by @pepsmccrea

I have now worked at four institutions. When I first moved from London to Bristol University it was a real wrench… I missed friends and had small kids. But the next move to Southampton was much easier and I realised it was because my network of friends and colleagues was virtual - not geographically defined. This feeling has expanded exponentially in recent years with my use of social media. I now feel truly globally connected and have many new friends/colleagues who I first met/got to know through Twitter/fb/blogging etc. Thanks in particular for Martin Weller for getting me into all this.  I think the implications of this are potentially profound. It has changed the way in which I do and communicate research. I love the mix of banter and professional exchange, the shared sense of passion for our field. I use social media in a range of ways: to keep up with new things, to pass on good ideas and references to others, to post new ideas and research work, to disseminate the work of others, to exchange ideas and to ask and respond to key questions of the moment. I genuinely feel part of a global community - quite something… What are other peoples experiences, positive and negative?

4 Responses to “The power of social media”

  1. Jo Badge Says:

    Social media has definitely changed the way I work. Even ‘internally’ at Leicester we have a strong online community (powered by cake!) where we collaborate online and share that banter you mention too :-)

  2. peps mccrea Says:

    The loss of geographic constraints are definitely a change bringer. I only started becoming resident in the blended world in January this year, and already my professional identity and practice has shifted significantly. Not only that, but ideas like Connectivism are making me question my very understanding of learning, and as a teacher educator, this is pretty fundamental stuff…

    The rise of social media is a bit like that of western supermarket economies - it’s marked by a basic human desire for convenience. The real question is: alongside all this benefit, is there a cost?

  3. Sheila MacNeill Says:

    Hi Grainne

    Totally agree social networking has transformed my work life (and to an extent my non-work life too). Being able to maintain “lite” and informed contact makes my work so much easier and better informed.


  4. Gráinne Says:

    thanks for the comments guys. Agree re: banter jo v important ;-)
    Peps Sheila glad you also feel these spaces have transformed the way you do things! I love the mix of social and seriousness in these spaces

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