thinking about things

troll
Picture taken by me of a troll in Norway. No rights reserved by me, but I admit I didn’t ask his permission to use his image on my blog, so he may come after me.

I am participating in the University of Edinburgh digital skills course ‘23 things for digital knowledge‘.

The first thing to do is to think about blogging.  I have been blogging for about 10 years now. I have always had a university hosted blog rather than a personal one.  I enjoy the opportunity for reflective writing that it gives me and for thinking ‘out loud’ about ideas I am still forming or testing before they become formal work positions or plans. I see blogging as part of open practice in sharing ideas but also giving insight into the thinking behind some of the decisions I make in my leadership role.

I have no idea how many people read my blog and I’m not sure I want to know, but occasionally I get messages and comments or retweets and links, so that’s always nice.

 

Task: Use your blog to write a short post about:

A) what you hope to gain out of the 23 Things programme.

I have participated in 23 things programmes before, but the lovely thing about them is, the things are different in each institution and I plan to learn something new.

B) were you aware of the University’s Social Media Guidelines for Staff and Researchers or the student Social Media Student Handbook? What do you think of the guidelines/handbook?

My thoughts on the social media guidelines for staff and researchers are that they seem very focussed on protecting the university from any risk that might result from what we might write, but there is nothing about the risks we might personally be  taking in putting ourselves ‘out there’ and nothing about how the university will support us if, while we are using social media, we should happen to attract trolls, abuse, harassment etc.

Last week I attended the ALT Conference where there was a rather splendid keynote talk about trolls by Josie Fraser. It contains some good advice which I think should be part of these guidelines.

Given the dreadful things Labour party members seem to be saying to each other online these days, I wonder whether the university should have a good behaviour pledge too.

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