Twitter is a popular microblogging service.
The service provides access to current updates in your discipline, as news services and academic journals broadcast breaking news over Twitter. One distinct advantage of Twitter is the ability to reply to journalists and scholars in your field and to easily repost links to articles through your own account. Twitter can be use in academia to:
Example of Twitter Accounts
Blogs are a space where academics and scholars engaged in new ideas, begin discussions on research findings, and gain feedback on pre-published materials. Blogging gives academics the opportunity to expand the reach of their scholarship by presenting their work to a larger community. This builds opportunities for collaboration and potentially new publishing outputs. Additionally, blogging of research can provide academics with open discussion about their research, a form of interactive peer review that moves beyond the closed models currently supported in traditional publishing models.
UBC offers a weblogging platform run on the open-source software WordPress. Managed through the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTLT). UBC blogs can be created for courses, portfolios, research and publishing. To learn more about developing your own UBC blog, go to the follow pages:
There are several other blogging tools. You can find more options here: Best Blogging Platforms.
Examples of Blogs Used for Subject Engagement
A great deal of scholarly output is often difficult to capture. Lectures and conference presentations, while important modes of scholarly output, are not captured as effectively with written notes and presentation documents. Videos and podcasts allow you to capture:
Additionally, videos and podcasts can add to your instruction portfolio. You can develop instruction material in multiple formats and use the material as support for your own instruction and/or provide open access to a broader community. Open Education Resources (OER) are a good example of this kind of work.
Videos and podcasts are time-consuming to create, so consider working with a team to start a departmental/faculty series or collaborating with another campus unit or organization.
Audio and Video Editing Tools
While there are no workshops that address audio and video editing at this time, there are guides created by the Centre for Teaching and Learning to assist you in getting started.
Examples of Academic Videos
Examples of Academic Podcasting