Tweets on academic papers ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

“Much of the activity about academic journal articles posted on Twitter is ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’, according to a new study that calls into question the value of some alternative metrics used to evaluate research. The authors of the study, which analysed 8,000 tweets about 4,000 research papers in the field of dentistry, say that ‘simplistic and naïve’ use of social media data risks damaging science …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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Twitter can help with scientific dissemination but its influence on citation impact is less clear

Posted in Research on January 11th, 2017 by steve

“Researchers have long been encouraged to use Twitter. But does researchers’ presence on Twitter influence citations to their papers? José Luis Ortega explored to what extent the participation of scholars on Twitter can influence the tweeting of their articles and found that although the relationship between tweets and citations is poor, actively participating on Twitter is a powerful way of promoting and disseminating academic outputs …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 11 January]

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Universities failing to make best use of Twitter, researchers say

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

USA“Universities are failing to make best use of Twitter and may promote ‘inaccurate’ depictions of themselves via the social network, a major study says. An analysis of the Twitter accounts of 2,411 US higher education providers found that they were largely used to broadcast information or to highlight positive aspects of their institution …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 13 September]

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What to Do When the Outrage Is Aimed at Your Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2015 by steve

USA“The email arrived two days after a gunman killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard. A reporter at Campus Reform, a conservative website, was asking the University of Kansas for reaction to a tweet by one of its professors …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 September]

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The Law Prof Twitter Network 2.0

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2015 by steve

International“This post has been updated from the previous one located here. I left the previous post up so that anyone interested in changes over time can see the previous results. There are about 50 more profs in the network now …” (more)

[Ryan Whalen, 29 February]

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New Minister For Education To Take Part in #EdChatIE

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD has agreed to be a special guest in the weekly #EdChatIE Twitter chat next Monday, September 29th …” (more)

[Seomra Ranga, 22 September]

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Twitter’s Value as Measure of Scientific Impact Encounters New Doubt

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2013 by steve

“Evaluating scientists by their journal-citation counts is a much-despised shorthand at many universities. And so, when a study came out two years ago suggesting Twitter mentions as a supplement or even an alternative to citation counts, it got a fair bit of attention …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 December]

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Teaching with Twitter (this week)

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2013 by steve

“I’ve used Twitter for over four years and have integrated Twitter into my teaching for the past three. The practice evolves with time, and with the preferences of different groups of students, but it’s been a fascinating learning experience …” (more)

[catherinecronin, 2 October]

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Job-hunters must beware digital footprint, conference told

Posted in Life on September 20th, 2013 by steve

“Employers are increasingly asking candidates to open their Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts at interview, a conference of the State’s Education and Training Boards has been told …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Why tweet?

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2013 by steve

“Quite a lot of people ask why on earth I haven’t given up twitter. Why expose yourself to all that cr*p? Why get so involved with some insubstantial, modish fetish? …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 13 September]

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It’s time for scientists to tweet

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2013 by steve

“Social media is no longer a new thing. But to scientists it still might be. There are few who are starting to take advantage of social media for professional reasons. What can other scientists learn from such use? What are the benefits and limitations? …” (more)

[The Conversation, 28 May]

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Can academics manage without Twitter?

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2013 by steve

“… What I’m finding is that Twitter seems to have rapidly become the place to find out about what is going on in the academic world. It would seem that there is something about Twitter, more than any other social media, that seems to suit academics …” (more)

[Thinking culture, 21 March]

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Hashtag for higher education in Ireland #heie

Posted in Life on March 24th, 2013 by steve

“… That said I still gain an awful lot from #edchatie tweets and I will continue to recommend them at every opportunity. Nevertheless as a ‘call to action’ from this post I would like to suggest the creation of a specific hashtag for higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Mark Glynn, Technology Enhanced Learning, 24 March]

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Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking?

Posted in Teaching on March 14th, 2013 by steve

“Two academics discuss the pros and cons of using Twitter as a learning tool to encourage instinctive thinking in higher education …” (more)

[Emma Rich and Andy Miah, Guardian Professional, 13 March]

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Should Students Use Twitter?

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“We had a discussion about the use of Twitter in the classroom today and in general I am in favour of students using Twitter as a learning tool …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 February]

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Google Plus Engagements

Posted in Life on January 29th, 2013 by steve

“I just don’t understand why Google+ gets dismissed as a place for meaningful online activity. Just looking at brands, I see there are 30 brands above the million follower mark on G+ compared to 33 on Twitter …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 29 January]

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France Bans The Hashtag

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2013 by steve

France“#RIP the hashtag. It had a good run, August 2007 – January 2013. At least it’s still alive and respected in every other country apart from France …” (more)

[Ewan Spence, Forbes, 25 January]

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Google, Facebook and Twitter may ‘face EU defamation and privacy cases’

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“Libel expert says firms’ Ireland presence opens them up to lawsuits from people abused by bloggers and tweeters …” (more)

[Henry McDonald, Guardian, 24 January]

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Twitter Has Changed in My Six Years

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2012 by steve

“A little bot told me I’ve been on Twitter since 2006. That’s the time 15 of us in Clonmel all joined Twitter in the same week. Some stuff on Twitter has definitely changed during the past six years …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 8 December]

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Continuous Professional Development for Tweeting

Posted in Teaching on November 15th, 2012 by steve

“On several occasions, I’ve listened to teachers in Ireland wonder if they might enhance their professional skills by immersing in conversations among their peers online. I’m one of several college lecturers who think that’s desirable …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 15 November]

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