Social media: A guide for researchers (Chris Jobling case study)

Added by Catherine Gray on 07 February 2011 18:01

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Chris Jobling

I am a University lecturer at the University of Swansea. My original area of research was computer-aided Control Systems Design. That is the development of tools for control systems designers to use. From that I became interested in software engineering in general and internet technology in particular. My main interest these days is e-learning.

When I am trying to find something about my job I mainly use social media. Social media is becoming more important. In the past I used to discuss with my colleagues, more recently with e-learning but it’s not my primary source of information. If I want to publish or disseminate my research I mostly do that via my blog or my University’s e-learning community.

I tend to use blogging quite extensively, microblogging like Twitter, Friendfeed and Amplify, social bookmarking, writing tools and social/ professional networking tools like LinkedIn which I think has more potential. I am not sure that I really like Facebook so I don’t look after my account there really.

My network is comprised of people I know, people I know from their blogs or online presence who I haven’t met in person.

I think social media leak into my home life more than it should. I don’t usually use social media much in my personal life. It’s mostly work-or at least work related. That’s why I find Facebook a bit irrelevant.

The major hurdles in the adoption of social media tools are the misconception that it’s for children, trivial or about celebrities perhaps. There is a general belief that research can only be published in academic journals and discussed face-to-face at a conference. That’s why traditional methods of counting and rating research contributions discourage the use of blogs.

Chris Jobling’s Blog: Fresh and Crispy

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