Social Media Symposium

In 2013, the WMU Graduate Student Activities Committee (GSAC) asked our Graduate Center for Research and Retention (GCRR) to develop a workshop wherein students could learn to use social media tools to their best benefit in pedagogy, research, personal branding and marketing, and safety. After several dynamic discussions, Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director of the GCRR, grad student Baochun (JoJo) Zhou, and Grad College Social Media Specialist Ilse VanDonkelaar decided to offer a web-video symposium, bringing together various experts on campus to address the uses of social media in graduate education. This collection of videos is the product of the GCRR’s collaboration with the Graduate College, the offices of Faculty DevelopmentCareer Services and Student Employment, and the Vice President for Research, the Department of English, as well as with Campus Safety. We are pleased to offer these videos as a resource to our graduate student body as well as to the greater WMU community. If you have experience integrating social media or online tools into your own teaching, research, writing, and professional development and would like to share your experience with us, please consider submitting a video to add to our collection! Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro (marianne.dipierro@wmich.edu) for more details.

Introduction: Social Media and the University Symposium (with Dr. Marianne Di Pierro)

Social Media Tools for Teaching — Part One (with Dr. Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar and Sarah Cox)

Social Media Tools for Teaching — Part Two (with Dr. Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar and Sarah Cox)

Social Media Tools for Research and Writing — Part One (with Dr. Allen Webb)

Social Media Tools for Research and Writing — Part Two (with Dr. Allen Webb)

Social Media in Branding and Professional Development — Part One (with Josh Kohnert, Lynn Kelly-Albertson, and Diana Berkshire-Hearit)

Social Media in Branding and Professional Development — Part Two (with Josh Kohnert, Lynn Kelly-Albertson, and Diana Berkshire-Hearit)

Personal Safety and Social Media (with Officer Kevin Hinds)

 

Relevant articles and further reading:

We’ve only just scratched the surface of the relevance of social media to teaching, research, and personal marketing. Having an updated and dynamic digital identity is becoming NECESSARY for networking and finding a job, whether you intend to remain in academia or pursue a career in another industry.  Check out these recent articles from The Chronicle of Higher Ed, which provide a nice update to and dialogue with our 2013 symposium:

Brian Croxall’s “How to Overcome What Scares Us About Our Online Identities”

Megan O’Neil’s “Confronting the Myth of the ‘Digital Native'”

Alice E. Marwick’s “In Defense of Getting Personal on Twitter”

 

 


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