Social Media in Academia – Lessons from @AcademicsSay
Monday 21 September 15:00 – 16:00. LSE – New Academic Building (NAB) room 1.07
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Social media use in academia has grown steadily over the last 10 years and now occupies a central role in Higher Education strategy for student engagement, research communication and public events. As universities look to reach wider audiences and demonstrate their relevance and impact, to what extent is the sector prepared to embrace innovative forms of social networking and communication? A workshop hosted jointly by the LSE Impact Blog and the LSE Review of Books will look to explore these themes further.
Professor Nathan Hall started the Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) Twitter account in 2013, and it has since grown into one of the most influential Twitter accounts related to academia. Today the account has over 130,000 followers generating 200,000 to 300,000 profile visits a month. Alongside insights from his research into social behaviour and motivation in social media, Professor Hall will share a behind-the-scenes look at why he started the anonymous @AcademicsSay account, what he has learned over the last few years, and how his social media involvement has led to further opportunities for research and learning.
I'm not procrastinating. I'm actively engaging in the disruption of traditional academic narratives via social media.
— Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) June 15, 2015
This workshop is primarily aimed at the LSE research and communications community but others are free to attend. Professor Hall will present on his experiences building a successful academic network with sufficient time for questions and we will finish the session with a brief creative brainstorm over how Twitter can be used more effectively across the School.
Limited spots are available so book your place now through Eventbrite. A Storify of the tweets from the day will be compiled and we will also plan a few posts around the event, so stay tuned! Any questions or concerns, please contact Sierra Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two academics walk into a bar. They bring their own drinks, pay $5000, and leave feeling proud and ashamed. It's a publishing metaphor.
— Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) June 16, 2015