The way academic work is published is changing. Along with traditional publishing, academics are increasingly looking to digital channels to maximise the impact of their work. The dissemination and communication of research is changing with social media, MOOCs, open access, blogging and beyond.
You may already be on Twitter and LinkedIn but how can you use these and other tools to enhance your research and widen your public engagement? In this ebook, you will find out how becoming a Digital Academic can be a powerful tool that can potentially shape discussions in higher education and help you become a thought leader. This ebook will also cover guidance on tools and resources to use for your research and online that can help you save valuable time, as well as how to distribute your research to a wider audience in a number of creative ways.
Use social media to showcase your skills.
With social media now accounting for 3.8 billion accounts, it is clear that social media is an important platform to raise your voice, potentially shape discussions in higher education and initiate collaborations. Social media is a tool that can raise awareness of your work, let you engage with people you would not have otherwise reached, and make valuable connections across the world that you might not have had access to otherwise.
Social media is a great tool to showcase your writing skills, demonstrate your ability to be able to write and communicate for a variety of audiences, as well as showing your awareness of current issues in higher education. By interacting with others on social media, using networks, and showing recognition to others, you can also showcase that you have a collaborative work ethic. It allows people to see your work first-hand and allows you to establish your voice within your discipline. By interacting with other researchers within your academic circle, you can demonstrate that other people want to listen to you and that you are esteemed by others within your circle.
Social media is a great source of knowledge and discoveries that could benefit your career, because the more you know, the more of an advantageous position you are in compared to those not using social networks. Social media is a platform for you to potentially shape discussions in higher education as well as make contact with new audiences and collaborators. However, social media can be very time consuming, with all the different platforms to use, so it is up to you to decide how much of your time you are willing to dedicate to increasing your digital profile. It is also important to consider all the different tools you can use for different connections as each social network offers different benefits.