PleagleTrainer tries Pinterest

I was inspired by a post from the Social Media Research Collective blog to try out Pinterest. Click the image below to see my efforts from 1 hour’s work:

PleagleTrainer on Pinterest I’ve just collated some of my own work so far, so this is only a bit of self-curation. But in doing this I can easily understand how Pinterest could be a useful research and data sharing tool. I commend the Social Media Collective’s blog post to you, it shares excellent insights about using this tool.

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S|M| i |L|E Social Media in Legal Education

twitteravatartisedIt is early days, but there is a new blog in town…

S|M| i |L|E  Social Media in Legal Education is a new collaborative project involving Australian legal academics. The project emerged out of discussions between four academics attending the Australasian Law Teachers Association annual conference at Bond University (Gold Coast, Queensland) during July 2014. It aims to be a useful resource for academics, ECRs and HDR students, law students, and legal practitioners.

 

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Storified Tweets from #alta2014 Annual Conference

Missed the 2014 Australasian Law Teachers Association annual conference? Or trying to remember that key point? These storified tweets might take you there…

 

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Bibliometrics, #legaled and PLT

This is a quick aside regarding some research I’m doing at the moment. I am analysing 10 articles concerning PLT and scholarship of teaching and learning (“SoTL”), using bibliometrics. This includes looking at the citation counts for the articles, and for the items cited in the articles, together with the bibliometric tools supplied by Google Scholar, Web of Knowledge (Journal Citation Report), and Scopus (SCImago).

It would not be news to law school academics that legal education journals, and many law journals, do not rank highly in these bibliometric tools, if at all. The citation counts for articles engaging with SoTL in PLT are nearly non-existent (although it takes time for services like Google Scholar to pick these up). I’m interested in promoting SoTL in PLT, so I’m thinking about strategies to achieve this.

It seems that conventional bibliometric tools are not a lot of help when measuring impact, quality and engagement for these articles. I’m hoping my institution will connect to an altmetrics database so I can explore alternative tools. Because the articles are not appearing in the conventional databases, I’ve had to manually search for citations, journal rankings, etc – very tedious, but generative.

I find it interesting how publishing in or citing articles from interdisciplinary publications can improve citation counts for an articles. Those articles that tap into areas like psychology, ICT, or management/organisational studies appear more likely to be cited and shared.

I’m also interested how “mediatizing” scholarship and research through social media, SlideShare, YouTube, Prezi, etc can expedite dissemination – more on this later.

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Cheryl Reynolds’ simple explanation of Bourdieu’s field theory

Those familiar with my work likely know that I like a good visualisation. This is one reason why I like Cheryl Reynolds’ 2 minute explainer re Bourdieu’s field theory. I draw on Bourdieu’s sociological tools for my thesis. Do have a look at Cheryl’s YouTube video, it is nicely done.

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Paper plug: ‘Gatecrashing the Research Paradigm…’

MonashNice to see Monash University Library directing law students to our co-authored article ‘Gatecrashing the Research Paradigm: Effective Integration of Online Technologies in Maximising Research Impact and Engagement in Legal Education’*

* Kate Galloway, Kristoffer Greaves and Melissa Castan, ‘Gatecrashing The Research Paradigm: Effective Integration Of Online Technologies In Maximising Research Impact And Engagement In Legal Education’ (2013) 6 (1/2) Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 83.

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