Studying and Researching with Social Media
- Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia
If you want – or need – to integrate social media tools into your studies and research, this practical book is your one-stop shop. Megan Poore shares the secrets of how to harness the power of social media tools to improve your academic productivity.
Inside, you’ll find out how to:
- Write a good blog post
- Contribute to a wiki
- Maximise your grades when creating an audio-visual presentation
- Find and share the latest research via Twitter
- Keep safe online
Featuring handy illustrations and exercises, as well as guidance on broader issues such as copyright, avoiding plagiarism, and cyberbullying, you’ll find out all you need to successfully use social media to support your study and research.
The Studying and Researching with Social Media blog, which accompanies the book, is packed with tips and guidance on using social media to improve your study and research skills.
Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university.
Visit the Studying and Researching with Social Media blog which accompanies the book, sharing tips and guidance on using social media to improve your study and research skills.
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'This is an extremely useful publication that fills several gaps in current scholarly teaching and research. Firstly it provides students with a rationale for, and a means of, managing their research tasks in transformative ways, using social media as learning, researching and communicating assets. In this domain, it is both a launching pad and a handbook, easy to engage with and helpful. Secondly, it provides students with some ways of ‘managing up’, of supporting their lecturers to make meaningful and appropriate use (and non-use) of social media in their teaching, assessing and communicating. Lastly it provides a rich theoretical rationale and backdrop to the purposes of using social media in scholarly education. Dr Poore has done an excellent job in providing a contemporary meaning to Dewey’s ‘conjoint activities’. This work is for lecturers as well as their students.'
'This book demystifies many of the social media practices. It is an indispensable guide for lecturers and students using social media in their studies and research. Megan Poore’s book covers all major social media types and guides students through carefully annotated examples. These are supported by a broad selection of strategies and clear easy-to-follow practical activities.
As a lecturer with a wealth of experience and research in academic writing and social media, across a wide range of disciplines and levels, Megan has applied her knowledge of complex issues in a creative way that is meaningful to students and sensitive to their needs. I strongly recommend this book to anyone serious about developing their social media practices.'
"People often ask me whether they should start a blog or twitter account. While I can bore for Australia on the topic, now I don't have to because Megan has written this great book. Buy it if you are interested in social media and wondering where to start. Definitely buy it if you are confused and even a little scared of the whole idea. Megan will explain all the benefits and give you some great tips to get you on the way to internet fame and fortune, researcher style."
I can see this book being of immense value to a majority of students and teachers. It is practical, accessible, clearly written and direct.
The book is highly matched with the content of the educational concept and useful for my students.
index of the book is recommended to understand main, also peripheral knowledge about researching in social media. Easy to understand and read, well prepared.
A useful book to help encourage students to use social media in their research and broaden their range of texts. Well explained and with interesting and useful guidance, something I will be using very much now and in the future.
Very easy and informative for both teachers and students.
Very good book in this area where there are few accessible resources available for undergraduates. Used it to produce a basic handout on the topic in the hope that students who want to research in this way follow this up by reading the book.
Highly relevant as a text for all undergraduate students. Introduces social media to students and provides a basis for our Introductory study skills modules
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: Why use Social Media in your Studies and Research?