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A tale of two doctoral students: social media tools and hybridised identities

Bennett, Elizabeth and Folley, Susan (2014) A tale of two doctoral students: social media tools and hybridised identities. Research in Learning Technology, 22. p. 23791. ISSN 2156-7069

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This paper explores the experiences of two doctoral students who embraced Web 2.0 tools in their digital scholarship practices. The paper gives an insider perspective of the challenges and potential of working with online tools, such as blogs, and participating in online communities, such as Twitter’s #phdchat. We explore by drawing on our personal experiences as to how this participation was affected by our hybridised identity as both members of staff at a UK university and as PhD students. We argue that social media tools provide access to a community of doctoral students and knowledgeable others that reduce isolation and provide challenge and support along the challenging journey of undertaking a doctoral study. Whilst the tools involved exposure and risk in relation to managing our hybridised identities, our experience of their use was one we would recommend to others.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctoral students; liminality; blogging; Web 2.0; Twitter
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 09:14
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2015 15:35


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