Here is a review of the AMEE workshop by @nlafferty @AnnalisaManca and @whole_patients
The Digital Native
In the early 2000s the terms ‘Digital Native’ and ‘Digital Immigrant’ were coined by Marc Prensky to describe internet users.
Prensky on millennials – “They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age.”
Today’s students are often seen as highly technology savvy especially when using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.
While younger digital users are sophisticated in their everyday use of online tools, they may be somewhat less sophisticated in their academic interactions with social media.
Prensky’s original terminology has now been updated. Today, if you have any online ‘footprint‘ you are now known as a ‘Digital Resident’ (e.g. leaving posts on sites). Online users who do not leave public traces of their use are considered ‘Digital Visitors’.
At the AMEE 2017 conference workshops we had the opportunity to make a ‘low tech.’ map of our use of social media and discuss new online research tools. Here is my map:
Use of Social Media
How can we improve our use of social media as an adjuvant to academic pursuits?
STAGE 1 – THE PLANNING
Tools to gather information and shape research questions:
- Google, DuckDuckgo (no tracking), WIKI pages, PubMed, GoogleScholar, Quora
To identify collaborators:
- Linked-in, Twitter, Orchid
Discussion platforms amongst the research team:
- Google Docs, Academia.edu, Research gate, Slack (Dropbox on steroids), Line (asian whatsapp), Whatsapp, Dropbox, Bristol Online (more secure than survey monkey)
- NB – Caution with local ethics guidelines is paramount (cloud based technologies may be increasingly limited in the future)
- Mendeley, Zotero, Colwiz (has a goolge docs plug-in), Endnote, CiteULike
- Many of these tools can link with Dropbox
STAGE 2 – THE DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT STAGE
- Skype, Google Hangout, Zoom
- (See the above list), EverNote, OneDrive
- Google-drive may be sub-optimal for security (or not allowed by ethics)
STAGE 3 IMPLEMENTATION
Recruitment (as research or as a research tool)
- Interactive Domain – use social media to recruit and retain participants
- Search by ‘hashtag‘ on twitter or other social media platform
- Observational Domain – collection of ‘already produced’ data
- Symplur.com (organises twitter ‘hashtags’)
- TAGS Version 6.0 (link)
- Write up and referencing with file sharing sites (see above)
STAGE 4 – DISSEMINATION STAGE
- Open access journal(s)
Coffee Break Discussion (Unofficial)
- Avoid predatory journals (consult if unsure)
- Search “I can has PDF” (Semi-legal option to access journal articles behind firewalls)
- Sci-hub (Semi-legal option to access journal articles behind firewalls)