IT Futures

University of Edinburgh

Conference 2011

* * * IT Futures Conference 2011 * * *

Tuesday 13th December 2011 in the Informatics Forum.

Social media in academia: A tweet too far?

The annual conference will take place on Tuesday 13th December 2011 in the Informatics Forum.

Blogging and tweeting are ever more popular, but are they really any use? This year’s conference examines whether, for research, teaching, assessment, or “impact” and profile-raising, these media make the grade. Speakers from among staff and students who use them, or have studied them, will offer well-informed views and experiences, with plenty of scope for discussion.


Do you tweet (or blog)? If so, or perhaps even if not, tell us why with the hashtag #uoeitf11 — responses will be reviewed during the discussion and are available from


Nicola Osborne’s live blog gives a summary of the day –


 09.30  Registration, with coffee
 10.00 Welcome and start of conference – Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal Knowledge Management
 10:10  Fakers, fools and narcissists: How cultural narratives of blogging affect online reflective practices – Jen Ross, Associate Lecturer, School of Education. See Jen’s Prezi presentation here
10:40 Secrets of writing for the web – Richard Coyne, Professor of Architectural Computing, Edinburgh College of Art . See Presentation (PDF)
11:10 The promise and pitfalls of academic blogging – Brad Littlejohn, PhD student, School of Divinity. See Brad’s blog here
11:25 Coffee break
11:45 Blogging on the New Testament and Early Christianity – why? – Larry Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, School of Divinity. See Larry’s blog at here
12:15 Blogging for Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies – Kerry Lee, PhD student, School of Divinity See Kerry’s blog here
12:30 Discussion about blogging
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Tweet Dreams are Made of This – Nicola Osborne, Social Media Officer, EDINA. See Nicola’s Prezi presentation here
14:30 A Year on Twitter: Self Promotion, Whingeing and Starting Fights – Richard J. Williams, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures, Edinburgh College of Art
15:00 A rollercoaster ride through the world of social media in science and medicine – Maria Wolters, Research Fellow , School of Informatics
15:15 Social media: Steering a safe and responsible path – Dawn Ellis, Director, University Website Development Programme See Presentation (PDF)  and Social Media Guidelines
15:45 Discussion about Twitter and tweets on the Twitter wall
16:00 Finish