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Using social media for maths and statistics support – 27th June 2018

Staffordshire University, 10.00 – 15.30, Wednesday 27th June 2018

The aim of this free one-day event is to provide ideas and inspiration to delegates as to how they can use social media to enhance their maths support provision, as well as giving confidence in using some of the most popular social media tools.

We are delighted to have an opening keynote presentation from Sue Beckingham (National Teaching Fellow) from Sheffield Hallam University. Sue has extensive experience in encouraging staff and students to adopt social media to support and enhance learning and will provide an inspirational start to the day.

This will be followed by ‘hands-on’ sessions in which attendees will be able to experience using various social media platforms first-hand. In addition, sigma Network members will present case studies to give further ideas for discussion.

Outline programme:

10.00 – 10.30  Arrive. Coffee. Introductions and networking

10.30 – 11.30  Keynote presentation (Sue Beckingham NTF). Using social media for learning. Discussion.

11.30 – 12.15  Practicalities of digital literacy: JISC, institutional policy, learning design & re-design.

12.15 – 13.15  Hands-on guided workshops – communication tools

                        Group 1: Twitter (Tweetdeck) and Facebook Groups

                        Group 2: WhatsApp and YouTube, screencasts and uploading video

13.15 – 14.00  Lunch

14.00 – 15.00  Hands-on guided workshops – collaboration tools

                        Group 1:  Twitter (Tweetchat) and blogs (Edublogger)

                        Group 2:  To be decided, based on interests of delegates when registering

15.00 – 15.30  Case studies from members of the sigma Network

15.30 – 15.45  Action planning

The event is free and a light lunch will be included. It will be held in The Beacon building, on the College Road site just two minutes’ walk from Stoke-on-Trent railway station. As our university has a green travel policy, we recommend you use public transport to visit us. However, if you do wish to drive, parking is available at our Leek Road campus (10 minutes’ walk from venue). Please let us know in advance so that we can arrange a temporary parking permit.


Arrival from 10am onwards for drinks. A light lunch will be served at 12:30.

Please notify us of any dietary needs/ accessibility requirements. If there are any particular social media tools you would especially like to become familiar with, let us know and we will aim to accommodate your requirements as far as possible.

HOST:  Staffordshire University (Academic Skills Team, Library)



For those working towards HEA Fellowship, engagement with this event and reflection on the implications for your professional practice can help provide evidence towards the following dimensions of the UKPSF:  A1, A2, A4, A5, K3, K4, V1, V2, V3.

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