How can you be more policy relevant than Kim Kardashian? This question and much much more was discussed in the Presidential session Career Threats and Opportunities: What Is the Role of Social Media in Public Scholarship? at AERA 2016.
Diane Ravitch, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Nolan Cabrera, Rick Hess and Julian Vasquez Heilig discussed social media approaches that can democratize education knowledge. Panelists focused on how social media can advance discussions about education but also may pose threats to careers, particularly for junior scholars.
Questions from audience-generated social media were discussed by the panelists, as both conference participants and streaming viewers from across the nation and world contributed comments and questions in advance and in real-time, using the hashtag #AERAPubScholar.
Here’s what Rick Hess said about the conversation in Education Next and EdWeek
I also had the chance to be part of a pretty thoughtful discussion on the risks of social media in academic research, hosted by Julian Vasquez Heilig, in which Nolan Cabrera, Sara Goldrick-Rab, and Diane Ravitch discussed our various experiences and perspectives in a collegial and useful fashion.
See Inside Higher Education’s article summarizing the Presidential session: The Education Twitterati: How academic use social media to to advance public scholarship.
This is a social media conversation you don’t want to miss.
For more on #AERA16 check out A guide: 20,000 talking education #AERA2016
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