PJ Evans

Open online spaces of professional learning: searching for understanding  the ‘material’ of Twitter discussion events

Here are the slides from my presentation to the Social Informatics cluster group meeting of 13 June 2014. Abstract: Recent years have seen a growth in micro-blogging discussion events intended to support professional learning (McCulloch, et al, 2011; Bingham and Conner, 2010) communities. These events often take place on Twitter and are open to anyone […]

Google Alert for the Soul

See on Scoop.it – Network learning Peter Evans‘s insight: An interesting but unconvincing argument presented here. The corrupting influence of consumerism on authenticity appears to be to be based on a ‘straw man’ argument accepting identity as individual. The corruption is due to the colonisation of self-actualisation by consumerism. Yet, arguably, the idea of an […]

Digital Scholarship day of ideas: data [2]

This is the second session of the day I wanted to note in detailed (the first is here). The session it Robert Procter on Big Data and the sociological imagination, Professor of social informatics at the University of Warwick. These notes are written live from the live stream. So here we go: The title has changed […]

Digital Scholarship day of ideas: data

Live notes from the day. Starting the day with Dorothy Meill, Head of CHSS introducing the third annual day of ideas as a forum for those interested in digital scholarship across the University and College. Today has a mixture of internal and external speakers. Also mentions the other digital HSS activities including the website and […]

A model of discussion events on Twitter

As previously discussed here & here, I am studying two Twitter discussion events as sites of professional identity formation and development. The broad structure of the two events is broadly similar to the research process of a Tweetstorm: “an online, open brainstorm-like session via Twitter” (Sie, Bitter-Rijpkema, and Sloep 2009: 60). A Tweetstorm was described as a […]

Freelance Film workers in Beirut: An Ethnographic Network Analysis by Arek Dakessian,

These are some rough notes on this presentation from a series of seminars run by the Social Network Analysis Group in Scotland (SNAS). The intro to the talk states: Arek is a first year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and his research mainly revolves around networks of cultural production in cities, […]

UFHRD Conference 5 June 2013

This years UFHRD conference is themed on human resource development (HRD) and the challenges and opportunities in times of economic uncertainty. I’ll be life blogging the event as best I can (including a disregard for the conventions of spelling, syntax and grammer). First up is a keynote address from Kathryn Mountford, Head of HR at the […]

Web 2.0 and actor network theory

Web 2.0 has emerged as a label for the culmination of incremental developments in software and network technologies over the last twenty years or so that focus on user-generated content and interaction around that content. Whether Web 2.0 represents a paradigm shift in the World Wide Web or the outcomes of various incremental changes remains […]

PhD research

*warning* this is a long post that basically provides the theoretical foundations for my ongoing research. Its taken from a paper presented to a PhD progress board at the University of Edinburgh so its basically an edited version of a vast/ huge paper written a few months back. All questions/ comments/ suggestions/ criticisms are welcome […]

week notes

keeping this series intermittent … However, the last couple of weeks have been focused on work that can’t really be discussed – either very confidential concerning individuals or working on longer term plans that I should be discrete about. Sorry about that … Also, I’ve been doing a fair amount of work to take forward […]

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