The intended topic for Week 5 was Cloud storage. However, with the influx of SENS staff onto Twitter, and many people posing great questions about the issues involved, I have extended the Digital Security topic for a week to allow us to explore the issues involved in being safe and responsible online.
We will discuss online storage later in the program. However, most people in the school are using shared network drives and Dropbox already, and sensibly using Dropbox for only non-sensitive documents rather than research data or student results.
(If you are not using Dropbox, and need to access meeting documents on an iPad, or provide access to documents to people outside Deakin, you can install Dropbox from the Deakin Software catalogue in your Start menu. You will then need to install the app on your mobile devices. See me or Jacquie Tran for help.)
Week 4 revision
After completing Week 4, here is a newly published Internet Security Checklist you may wish to do! It's brilliant - and quite a long list!
Week 5: Digital Security part 2: Using social media skillfully, safely and responsiblyThe increase in online health resources and communities
In a recent study of US patients, 61% of adults sought health information on the internet and of those, 60% report the information they found online affected their decision about how to treat a condition (Pew Report on the Social Life of Information, 2009).
With the rise of social media tools, many health practitioners, educators and researchers are using the affordances of the internet to develop networks of people with shared interests, and foster real time and long term engagement. For example, this video documents Dieticians-Online - 61 dieticians in the US using Social Media.
There are powerful opportunities for health researchers and educators to:
- engage individuals and communities online to foster community, sharing, trust and information exchange.
- provide accurate, timely advice and information to dispel myths and confusion
- support behavior change at the individual and population level (e.g. the tweet what you eat tool)
- advocate for changes in policy, infrastructure or funding (see this video by the University of Berkeley School of Public Health on the principles of using Social Media)
- develop our graduates' capabilities to do all of the above, and
- other opportunities you may think of.
Responsible and effective use of social media and online communication
Health agencies and educational institutions are beginning to develop guidelines to guide staff in the responsible and effective use of social media and online communications.
Step 1: Firstly, read the Deakin Social Media Guidelines. These were developed by Marketing.
(Interestingly, to tweet officially on behalf of the University, it appears that there is the requirement you undergo Social Media Certification training. Those of you who are in this role may wish to contact marketing to discuss this.)
Step 2: Discuss the guidelines with one or two of your colleagues. Do they make sense? Do you agree? Is anything missing? Do we need them? (Or does "Be respectful and honest" cover it?!)
Step 3: Together post your response in the Comments field below.
(C'mon everyone - we can ALL do it! This is the absolute minimum step to earn this week's badge!).
Step 1: Watch this video below.
This video has some useful ideas and tips for responsible and effective use of social media. While it's aimed at doctors, many of the tips are relevant for us.
Step 2: Read this article:
An ethical framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Practitioners
Step 3: Brainstorm with a colleague or member of your course team about how we can support students to develop the skills they will need as graduates to responsibly and ethically use social media.
Step 4: Email your ideas to me
LEVEL UP (extra challenge): Post your ideas in this Google doc. Google docs allow online collaborative editing. You will need a Google account.
WELL DONE! You have now earned your WEEK 5 Badge
(the title of which makes no sense at all!)