LTA Connect: Digital social networks and the Academy
Professor Frank Rennie, Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands, spoke about how academics can use digital social networks to share resources to add value and impact to their work.
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There is a tendency to write-off digital social networking with a handful of pejorative descriptions, such as ‘trivial’, ‘dangerous’ or ‘just for kids’. In fact, there are many good reasons why researchers and other academics should seriously consider digital social networks to share resources to add value and impact to their work. A key factor in this is knowing the appropriate social networks to use, when to use them, and understanding the different purposes and practices. Several major funding bodies are now asking for bids to include firm plans for the digital dissemination of the proposed work, so now is a good time to get ahead of the crowd and explore how digital social networks can enhance your academic practices.
Frank Rennie is Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland and is Assistant Principal at Lews Castle College UHI. He is the Programme Leader for the online MSc in Sustainable Rural Development, and tutors mainly postgraduates and research students. His research interests lie in new approaches to online education and the benefits of networking for sustainable rural development. He has been an advisor to several government bodies and is a Fellow of a number of learned societies. Frank has been involved in developing and delivering various combinations of distributed learning (particularly networked digital solutions for rural areas) with a wide range of international partners. He has published a diverse range of resources related to rural issues, including over 29 books, most recently the “E-learning and Social Networking Handbook” and “How to write a research dissertation”. Further details at Frank's webpage
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