Workshop: Social Media for Academics




Course fee: € 25,-


Friday 1 November, 2013


Jan-Willem van der Mijde


13.00 – 18:00





+31 10 4082607

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Course description
Research results are relevant to more people than just fellow academics. The internet has made it easier to disseminate knowledge. A blog is a simple means to publish one’s research and social media allow one to reach potentially large audiences.

The workshop Social Media for Academics helps researchers to become (more) visible, on- and offline. It provides insights into how blogs and social media can be used to share academic knowledge with, for example, colleagues, press and other interested people.

The convener is Linda Duits, an affiliated researcher at Utrecht University who specializes in popular culture and is an ardent blogger. For a sneak preview of the workshop, watch the video (password provided in October newsletter) of Linda’s presentation at the Social Media Seminar. In her presentation Linda discusses 14 reasons why blogging and using social media can make you a better academic.

Illustrative quotes from the seminar
"Blogging and social media are extensions of your work. They help you to improve and develop your research."

"Blogging and tweeting is very time consuming, but considering the benefits it is actually time saving."

"Academics that engage with the larger audience perform better academically as well."

Target group
The workshop is meant for researchers who would like to engage with a larger audience i.e. the general public and would like to learn more about the possibilities of social media.

Working method
The workshop is grounded in scientific literature. The focus lies with substantive aspects of blogging and Twitter, and not with ‘technical’ aspects such as creating an account. Participants receive a reference work with literature suggestions, relevant web tools, an overview of academic blogs and other background information.