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IRISS 2014: How Social Media Can Enhance Your Research Activities

Title: How Social Media Can Enhance Your Research Activities

Event: IRISS Research Unbound conference

Speaker: Brian Kelly

Date and time: 21 February 2014. The conference ran from 10.00-13.00. The talk will be given from 10.30-11.15.

VenueTeacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB

Audience:  30-40 people who were a mixture of HE academics and practitioners who have done or are interested in doing research.


In this presentation Brian Kelly will summarise the benefits which can be gained from use of social media to support research activities. The presentation is based on personal experiences in using social media to engage with fellow researchers, meet new collaborators and co-authors and enhance awareness and impact of research papers.

Biographical details:

Brian Kelly is the Innovation Advocate at Cetis, the Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards based at the University of Bolton. He has responsibilities for advising the higher and further education sectors on innovative technologies and practices which can enhance educational activities.  Brian has made effective use of social media technologies and services to support his research activities, including developing his professional networks (with one Twitter conversation leading to a joint paper which won an award at an international conference) and enhancing the visibility of his research papers (Brian has the largest numbers of downloads of any researcher from the University of bath repository, where he worked previously).

Brian uses his UK Web Focus blog as an open notebook, in which he shares his ideas and invites discussion. Brian was also an early adopter of Twitter and invites people to follow his @briankelly account.

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One Response to “IRISS 2014: How Social Media Can Enhance Your Research Activities”

  1. […] at the University of Bolton;s Research and Innovation Conference 2014 together with talks on “How Social Media Can Enhance Your Research Activities”  at the IRISS Research Unbound conference and “Using Social Media to Enhance Your […]

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