Disseminating research –Brief summaries –Abstracts –Tweet interesting papers Engaging practitioners in research –Contribute to studies –Participate in studies Keeping up to date with new research Discussing research –With academics –With practitioners –With students Benefits Research
Crowdsourcing –Ideas for papers, seminars, lectures –Rapid feedback on ideas Engage with multiple perspectives beyond university to inform teaching –Beyond UK & social work Interaction between students –Sharing resources, papers & ideas –Sharing good practice Answering student questions Online debate promotes critical thinking Decreases social distances It can be fun Benefits Learning & teaching
Time-consuming Distracting It’s not for everyone Heightened need for critical appraisal Opinion-forming or crowd following? Inappropriate online behaviour – same rules must apply as in off-line behaviour Freedom of speech & responsibilities to our employers Authenticity of online identities – does this matter? Very little is private Pitfalls
Social media & CPD in social work Can be used to support formal learning Practitioners can engage with other practitioners, academics and students to enrich learning experience Difficult to assess and accredit learning based solely on social media usage Unguided learning = non-learning? Self-guided learning = relevant learning? Implementing learning in practice can be challenging (any precedents?) Can accounts of reflective learning using social media be verified for CPD?
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