’23 things’ for research

Dr Scott Turner has just drawn my attention to this latest iteration of the ’23 things’ programme: 23 things for research.

The original ’23 things’ programme was designed by Helene Blowers at the public library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  Its purpose was to introduce participants to new and emerging technologies.  The programme involved a series of 23 tasks or ‘things’, each related to the use of a new tool or service, and lasted nine weeks.  As they used the new tools, particpants were expected to maintain a reflective blog on their experiences (Wilkinson and Cragg, 2010, p.29).

This version, ’23 things for research’, is organised by the University of Oxford and aims to “expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role” (Bodleian Libraries, 2012). It is open to non-Oxford folk.

social media by greyweedThe course is self-directed and ideal for someone who wishes to get to grips with the use of social media for research purposes.  It is very interactive, and will involve you in at least a couple of hours works each week for the duration of the programme.  The payback will be a much greater knowledge and understanding of how you can use social media  tools in your research.

Of course, if you haven’t the time to complete the full 23 things programme, you can get a taster of some of the tools in the session that Nick and I offer as part of the Graduate School training programme: Social Media for Researchers: Dissemination and engagement.

Jigsaw image credit: greyweed on Flickr  (CC BY 2.0)

Posted on October 9, 2013, in Workshops & Training and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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