Whose Terms? – From Chronicle of Higher Education

The GC Teaching and Learning Center recently released a group-authored handbook for teaching at CUNY that is not only a beautiful digital presentation of some seriously useful content, but enhanced by encouraging the use of Hypothes.is, a powerful annotation tool (see the chapter “How to Interact with this Guide.” Annotations can be private and shared, opening up the possibility for this digital handbook to be a radically group-authored hypertext. Annotation tools are extremely powerful and one of the most exciting types of social media tools for scholars. This piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education brings up the usual question terms of service (especially relevant in light of the roll back of Net Neutrality protections recently) with specific mention to annotation programs. The old axiom is that if the service is free, you are the product. As we rush to integrate digital tools into our teaching and research, sometimes we lose sight of what we’re offering up of ourselves, our colleagues and our students. As social mediums, people who actively try to encourage folks to share their work, it’s important to heed these warnings so that folks can make good decisions with their work and data. — Social Mediums

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Using Google Scholar Alerts to Collect Content for Sharing

In this post we discuss how to use Google Scholar Alerts to stay on top of newly published scholarship, some of which may be appropriate for sharing via social media. It’s a way to make your searches for relevant content easier and of course to stay-up-to-date on new scholarship in general. — Social Mediums

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Save That Hashtag! – From the Chronicle of Higher Education

We’ve given a a few workshops on live tweeting for conferences and one of the points we emphasize is that Twitter discussions don’t have to be ephemeral. When the conversation is especially vibrant, it’s usually a good idea to collect that conversation somehow. In our workshops, we’ve usually talked about Storify. It’s a good tool when you’re archiving discussions from a relatively short period of time. The tool discussed here is good when you have a hashtag that’s been used for a long time–maybe related to your program or your annual conference and you want to make use of that data. –The Social Mediums. 

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Ulysses Here and Now: Using Twitter to Teach Experimental Literature – From JITP

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Live from Your Palm: Experiments with Using the Periscope Live-Streaming Video App in a Journalism Class– From JITP

When we think about social media, what comes to mind is usually the big platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. But there are many other tools that fall into the category, including apps that let you live-stream. ONe of our jobs as Social Media Fellows is to help groups in our respective programs live-stream events and to plan to make live-streaming a success. We have all the tools that the GC has to take advantage of, though (high quality web cameras, IT staff, etc.). But what can you do with simpler technology like you’re phone? This interesting article from the Graduate Center’s own Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP) describes using an app for live-streaming in a journalism class, but it has implications for any kind of streaming you might want to do as part of you research, organizing, etc. — The Social Mediums

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