Workshop on Social Media Nov. 2

Faculty and other members of the Duke community are invited to take part in the two-hour workshop 

Faculty and other members of the Duke community are invited to take part in a two-hour social media workshop organized by Duke's Office of News & Communications (ONC) on Friday, Nov. 2.

ONC will open the session by introducing Duke faculty members who have been using social media tools such as blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Mark Anthony Neal, David Schanzer and Peter Ubel will describe their experiences with social media, including what has and hasn’t worked for them and how they’ve incorporated social media into their classes.

They will also address common questions from faculty, such as:

-- Is it a good idea to use blogging and other "social media" to promote your scholarship, or just a trendy waste of time?

-- How can social media enhance your research or teaching?

-- What are the potential advantages and pitfalls of being online so publicly?

-- How do you balance this activity with your other responsibilities?

In the second half of the program, workshop attendees will be divided into two groups. Duke's social media manager Cara Rousseau will lead a discussion among people familiar with social media about how they can more effectively use blogs, Twitter and other tools. She also will review accepted best practices.

Jonathan Lee, ONC's social and digital media fellow, will instruct those new to social media on how to set up a Facebook page, Twitter account or blog, among other things.

Attendees will be invited to tweet live during the workshop.

The workshop runs from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 2 in Room 217 of Perkins Library. Space is limited; RSVP by Oct. 29 to