Social Media for Learning

Promoting participation and engagement with social and digital media in higher educationevent-logo-LMJU

Feedback from the event:

“MELSIG events provide me with such interesting and stimulating ideas, they re-charge my batteries…..Thank you! As a digital native and millennial it was interesting to see how much I take for granted regards social media and how actually there’s much we assume academics know that perhaps they don’t. I suspect students think the same and so these events are crucial for training and promoting the use of social media and building confidence for academics. Melsig is really doing a service for all students in supporting staff to engage with this crucial medium.” – Caroline Kristjansson

Host: Liverpool John Moores University

Date: 3 June 2014


Social media for learning builds upon thinking from previous recent MELSIG activities which have focused on smart devices for learning and open learning environments. This special focus asks us to consider the transformative potential of social media and how it promises to change the relationships between teachers, learners and others. The day will address questions like ‘what counts as social media?’, ‘who controls it?’, ‘what opportunities and challenges does it create?’

A Social Media for Learning Framework to support curriculum design and staff development will be introduced today.


  • Welcome to Liverpool John Moores University – Dr Clare Milsom, Assistant Academic Registrar, LJMU
  • Introduction to MELSIG – Andrew Middleton, Chair of MELSIG

Keynote – Sue Beckingham

A Social Media for Learning framework will be presented clarifying how social media is being used to enhance and transform learning. Key ideas, examples and questions about the use of social media use in higher education will be mapped to the framework which will provide a reference point for the day to consider ideas, opportunities and challenges.

Innovation at Liverpool John Moores University

Steve Harrison – Twitter as a tool for teaching and learning

Mark Feltham – 10 reasons why you should use social media in your teaching

Challenge & Opportunity Cards

review – we will post up your thoughts on the challenges and opportunities for using SM4L over lunch for you to browse. Please write clearly.

Social Media for Learning Parallel workshops

1. Hashtags and retweets: Using twitter to aid communication, collaboration and casual (informal) learning – Peter Reed
2. Facebook Activity – Anne Nortcliffe
3. Simon Warwick – Using YouTube Capture and Facebook to support peer review with international Business students
4. Helen Rogers – Going Public: Blogging and Student Online Research
5. Chrissi Nerantzi – Social Authoring – a case study – experience from the BYOD4L facilitators group

6. Russell Glennon – Researching the virtual constituency: methods for analysing politicians’ use of social media

Ask the Expert

1. Getting set with… Linkedin – Charlotte Corke – World of Work Team manager, LMJU

2. Getting set with… Twitter – Phil Vincent, YSJ
3. Getting set with… Pinterest – Oli Young, SHU
4. Getting set with… Academic Social Media Presence – Nadine Muller, LJMU

Workshop: How to use Social Media to engage your students in creative learning (1 hour) – Mark Feltham, LMJU

  • Oli Young – Researching the use of mobile devices in HE
  • Chris Hall – #FMP13 – Using social media for Level 4 induction
  • You..?


Using and developing the Social Media for Learning Framework – World Cafe exploration of Social Media for Learning – Andrew Middleton & Sue Beckingham


A rapid round robin review and twitter bash (#MELSIGLJMU) on what you will take away and talk to your colleagues about after the event.

16:00 Finish and Depart

We endeavour to collect and post here all presentations and handouts used on the day. We will produce a Storify of the event and we will record the plenary discussion. Share your thoughts and pictures with us using #MELSIG and #MELSIGLJMU.

The Storify account of the day!

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