A call to action!

#SocMedHE18: A call to action!  



Social media is now part of “the mainstream” but in terms of HE is it the mainstream of marketing and selling education or an integral part of the mainstream of learning and teaching through developing digital confidence, capabilities and critique?  

#SocMedHE18 provides open spaces to share, discuss and develop notions of what and why we currently do, what we could do and what should we do next with social media within an HE learning and teaching context. Over the course of the day we hope to develop a manifesto which will form the basis of the #SocMedHE19 conference (which we anticipate will take place in December 2019).

We invite anyone with an interest in learning and teaching to join us either in person or online for this one-day festival of ideas grouped loosely around the following themes:

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#Wild Card


We invite a range of presentations from short 5-minute ideas/provocations to 15-minute presentations of current work/research to participatory workshops of up to 60 minutes.  

To submit your idea, tweet a title and a short description of what you would cover. Please include #SocMedHE18 and a hashtag for the theme your session relates to (eg. #openness).

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea before making it public, please contact Simon Horrocks (simon.horrocks@ed.ac.uk or open DMs at @horrocks_simon).

The deadline for submissions is 3 December 2018 and we will get back to you within a week. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Book your place

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Bookings for the conference are now open. Visit the online store to book your place – it will be fabulous to see you there.

The conference day rate is £65.00 




#SocMedHE18 Organising Committee

Deb Baff, Swansea University

Sue Beckingham, Sheffield Hallam University

Rachel Challen, Nottingham Trent University

Suzanne Faulkner, University of Strathclyde

Sarah Honeychurch, University of Glasgow

Simon Horrocks, University of Edinburgh

Sheila McNeil, Glasgow Caledonian University

Andrew Middleton, Sheffield Hallam University

Alex Spiers,  Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Scott Turner, University of Northampton

Neil Withnell. University of Salford


Previous #SocMedHe conferences

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, #SocMedHE was held at Sheffield Hallam University.

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The blog which holds all the papers from those conferences can be found at https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/socmedhe/