Why should academics use Twitter?

Academics often ask me why they should consider using Twitter.  There are a number of very good reasons, to my mind;

  • To raise their profile in their area of expertise, and to contribute to a digital profile for themselves that is worthy of the position they are working towards
  • To identify and network with collaborators including academic thought leaders, peer researchers, academic journals, mainstream media, journalists, research subjects and funding sources, cultivating a useful professional network
  • To stay in touch with current opinion, news and relevant material in their area
  • To engage in lively peer review with thought leaders in their area
  • To discover opportunities to attend events in the real world and follow/take part in conferences they couldn’t otherwise attend virtually
  • To publish live impressions and commentary from conferences and events they attend, thus providing a useful public service to those in their online network
  • To improve career opportunities and get head hunted for jobs
  • To improve the dissemination and reach of their research findings publications

Do you have any more suggestions?

Bernadette A. John
Digital Professionalism Lead
Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning

Higher Education & Technology-driven Transformation: Videos from Bett 2013

For almost 30 years, the annual Bett show has offered a useful meeting point for everyone interested in how technology is transforming teaching and learning. For most of this time, however, a visit to Bett has been of far more relevance to people from the worlds of compulsory education and the FE sector than for representatives of higher education institutions.   Continue reading