“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss
I’m belatedly jumping on board with the University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things course, which is being facilitated by my colleague Charlie Farley in the Open Education Team. 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is a self-directed course that aims to
“expose you to a range of digital tools for your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student, or professional. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week over the semester, building up and expanding your skills.”
Thing 1 Introduction
“Register for the course and familiarise yourself with the program and the University’s Social Media Guidelines for Staff and Researchers.”
Okay, done both of those.
Thing 2 Blogging
Register your blog with 23 Things….done, Open World is now registered.
“Use your blog to write a short post about:
A) what you hope to gain out of the 23 Things programme.
B) were you aware of the University’s Social Media Guidelines for Staff and Researchers or the student Social Media Student Handbook? What do you think of the guidelines/handbook?”
So, what do I hope to gain from 23 Things? Well, I use a whole host of social media channels routinely and I’m so familiar with them that perhaps I don’t give them the thought and consideration as I should. I have to confess that I’m pretty blasé about my social media presence, so I think one of the things I want to gain from this course is to step back and actually think about how I present myself online and engage with my peers. Also I want to see if I can actually finish the course. I very rarely sign up for online courses because I already have so many commitments above ad beyond work, and I hate starting something and not being able to finish it :}
I was aware of the University’s social media guidelines but I have to confess that I hadn’t actually read the handbook. I’ve read it now, a quick skim admittedly, and while a lot of it is common sense, there were one or two parts which made me go hmmm…..particularly the recommendation that staff or researchers “always obtain approval for any new personal social media presence.” I’m not entirely sure how necessary or realistic that is tbh. I was also a bit puzzled by “make sure you offer an equal level of service for members of our audiences who find social networks inaccessible.” What exactly does that mean if you’re blogging about work on a personal blog? Should I also make my blog posts available through another channel or in a different medium? I’m curious to know that this really means in practice.