A Half-Day Drop-In Webinar
Do you consider LinkedIn as only for job seekers and Instagram only for personal sharing? Do you avoid social media because you feel you’re not tech savvy or don’t want to commit to continuous updates? Social media offers diverse opportunities for disseminating your research, creating networks, and connecting with likeminded scholars – but getting started can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Date: 21 October 2021
9.00–9:30 Fika, the Zoom room is open for free chat (not recorded)
9:30–9:45 Academia.edu, James Wang, Product Manager at Adademia.edu (cancelled)
9:45–10:00 Google Scholar, Pekka Mertala, Assistant professor at the University of Jyväskylä (slides)
10:00–10:15 NordMedia Network, Maarit Jaakkola, Editor-in-chief at NordMedia Network
10:15–10:30 Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication, Janne Pölönen, Secretary general of Publication Forum at the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (slides)
10:30–10:45 Publons, Julia Mouatt, Head of the Web of Science Academy at Publons
In this webinar, we will be joined by engaged media scholars sharing their experiences and best practices to successfully use different social media platforms to promote their research. We will also listen to representatives from the major scholarly platforms.
The drop-in format makes it possible for you to join us at any point, according to your interest. In the webinar, we will cover the following platforms and tools: Google Scholar, Academia.edu, ResearchGate and open-science alternatives, Publons, NordMedia Network, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Clubhouse.
This half-day drop-in webinar will help you improve your skills in using social media for scholarly outreach communication. The discussions will help you decide what you want to prioritise in your social media outreach, what platforms you should choose to be active on, and tips and tricks for success.
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“The Social Academic” blog is part of the website, The Academic Designer: Communications for professors and researchers. Here, you can find articles and interviews about creating and managing an online presence for academics. Here are some good examples:
- “Social Media Platforms for Academics, A Breakdown of the Networks”
- “Let’s Bust 3 Myths About Social Media for Academics”
- “Academic YouTubers Talk About Getting Started on YouTube”
- “A Guide to Instagram for Academics”
- “A Guide to Twitter for Academics”