A keynote in three hashtags

#SocMedHE18 by @marendeepwell

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Take a breath

Social media is powerful

Social media is personal

Social media is pervasive

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Social media needs us.

Social media needs us to question, investigate,

reflect on, engage with, challenge, shape,

control, monitor, analyse, track, investigate,

govern and take ownership.

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How is social media changing professional practice?

How does social media support openness in education?

Social media for social good?

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How is social media changing professional practice?

A perspective from Learning Technology


From 2014 onwards the hashtag was used not just for the conference, but increasingly throughout the year.

To begin with the “c” stood for “conference”.

Now the hashtag has become to mean more than that, i.e.

“c” as in




communicate ...

TAGSExplorer view of #altc .

Individuals #altc

Collaboration and events #altc

Professional recognition & advocacy #altc

How does social media support openness in education?


#4life #OpenAccess #ukoer #oer19

Policy developments in Higher Education

Higher Education Funding Council for England Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

  • ALT’s response focused on the definition of impact and how it is measured as broadening this will help to demonstrate the value of work in Learning Technology in the education sectors in which ALT’s members are working;
  • Of particular concern is how impact is measured in the case of innovative research carried out and disseminated online in particular in emerging technologies where measuring impact and ensuring validity can be challenging;
  • ALT commented on the provision of impact evidence in particular in relation to Open Access publication and online dissemination.

Open Education and OER - A guide and call to action for policy makers

ALT has produced this call to action to highlight how Open Education and OER can expand inclusive and equitable access to education and lifelong learning, widen participation, and create new opportunities for the next generation of teachers and learners, preparing them to become fully engaged digital citizens.

One of ALT’s three strategic aims is to increase the impact of Learning Technology for the wider community and we are issuing this call to action for policy makers to mandate that publicly funded educational resources are released under open licence to ensure that they reside in the public domain and are freely and openly available to all.

  • Keep up to date with the rapid pace of technological innovation
  • Develop critical, informed approaches to the implementation of Learning Technology and the impact on learners
  • Scale up knowledge sharing and its benefits across sectors.

Responsible #OpenAccess #research metrics

Has policy moved on since 2014?

… reduce emphasis on journal impact factors as a promotional tool, and only use them in the context of a variety of journal-based metrics that provide a richer view of performance.

… broader indicator set could include 5-year impact factor, EigenFactor, SCImago, editorial and publication times.

Publishers, with the aid of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), should encourage responsible authorship practices and the provision of more detailed information about the specific contributions of each author.

Publishers should also make available a range of article-level metrics to encourage a shift toward assessment based on the academic quality of an article rather than JIFs.

  • Robustness
  • Humility
  • Transparency
  • Diversity
  • Reflexivity

Impact Factor and (social media) alternatives

Established in research and Higher Education, consistent across disciplines

Variable across different sectors, variable across different disciplines depending on publishing practice

Widely recognised by institutions and funders for those sectors

Education needed to inform institutions and funders as well as policy makers

Tied to institution rewards and recognition

Rarely recognised or specifically rewarded, although growing

Narrow definition of how impact is measured

Different definitions and tech solutions to how impact is measured

Application process complex and not transparent

Often more accessible, but also more in flux

Advantage for large, established publishers

Easier to access

...and we put our values into practice.

Openness helps us influence policy makers, increase the impact of research for public benefit, build a shared vision for the future of professionalisation in Learning Technology and grow our community of Members.

Social media supports open practice to foster criticality and enhance scholarship

Open approaches to collaboration on social media

Professional recognition in the open

Professional practice in the open on social media:
reflecting on the pros and cons of openness

Social media for social good?

Using social media to

promote greater equality

The problem with perpetuity…

How a domain of one’s own can provide control and continuity

Diverse voices...

Forgetting and privacy…

Ownership of data…

What about the future of social media?

Social media needs us.

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How can we use social media to enhance our professional practice?

How can we use social media to support openness in education?

How can we use social media for social good?

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Thank you


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