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Faculty workshops offered to boost social media knowhow

February 1, 2016

Social media logosSocial media is ubiquitous in society.

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Instagram and many more are common tools – and chances are good that faculty already use one or more of these already to connect with family, friends and colleagues.

Social media can also be a powerful tool to connect with other academics, help students build their personal networks, promote research and advance  academic careers.

NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will host a two-part series, beginning Friday, Feb. 5, where faculty and staff will share why and how they have used social media as an academic.

These workshops are open to NIU faculty, instructors, teaching assistants and SPS and Civil Services staff. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 3. Those who register and then are unable to attend are asked to cancel their registration so that those on the waiting list might be given the opportunity to attend.

For more information, call (815) 753-0595 or email [email protected].

social-mediaPart 1: Introduction to Social Media for NIU Faculty
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb.5
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

Want to use social media as an academic, but need to know how to start or improve your efforts? Do you know what to watch out for, and do you understand the costs and benefits?

Join Assistant Professor Alicia Schatteman, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Director of Communications Paula Meyer and NIU Social Media Content Creator Karli Johnson as they share best practices and answer questions about faculty use of social media in the context of NIU.

Part 2: Creating Your Social Media Presence
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
University Suite, Holmes Student Center

Hear from a panel of faculty, including David Gunkel, Matthew Streb, Lynne Thomas, and senior student Miki Grace, all of whom are experienced with social media, as they share tips and answer questions about their use of social media. Taylor Hayden, NIU social media and digital marketing manager, also will provide suggestions for selecting a social media platform and developing a social media strategy.

Try out several social media networks, including those designed specifically for the needs of faculty members, in this hands-on workshop.