Educational Developer | Researching the Use of Social Media in Higher Education
- Sheffield, United Kingdom
- Higher Education
Sue Beckingham's Overview
- Educational Developer | Researching the Use of Social Media in Higher Education | at Sheffield Hallam University
- Executive Committee Member at Staff and Educational Development Association
The University of Sheffield
Sue Beckingham's Summary
I am an Educational Developer in Higher Education and an Associate Lecturer, currently working within the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science (ACES) at Sheffield Hallam University. In addition I am the co-lead for the open course Bring Your Own Devices for Learning (alongside Chrissi Nerantzi, MMU) http://byod4learning.wordpress.com/.
Taking a lead role within the Faculty for technology enhanced learning and teaching education development, I co-ordinate and facilitate a variety of workshops, seminars and conferences which provide opportunities for peers to both learn about and share innovations in teaching and learning within higher education.
To disseminate and share good practice I develop and curate digital educational resources that can be openly shared with colleagues. As a passionate advocate of the exploration of new and emerging technology, and the use of social media and its use in teaching and learning to enhance the higher education student experience, I regularly present this work both within my own institution and beyond.
I am also responsible for the planning and delivery of the Learning and Teaching Orientation events for new academic staff within my Faculty and the author of the New Lecturers handbook.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA) and Executive Committee Member.
Specialties: Researching the use of Social Media in Higher Education. Provides educational development in the use of social media, web 2.0, online presence, personal learning networks and the use of technology to enhance student engagement.
Sue Beckingham's Publications
The SHU Social Media CoLab: Developing a Social Media Strategy Through Open Dialogue and Collaborative Guidance
- Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Media
- July 2014
Beckingham, S., Purvis, A. and Rodger, H. (2014) The SHU Social Media CoLab: Developing a Social Media Strategy Through Open Dialogue and Collaborative Guidance. Eds Asher Rospigliosi and Sue Greener. Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Media, University of Brighton.
Facilitators as co-learners in a collaborative open course for teachers and students in Higher Education
- eLearning papers, European Commission
- July 3, 2014
Nerantzi, C, Middleton, A & Beckingham, S (2014) Facilitators as co-learners in a collaborative open course for teachers and students in Higher Education, in: Learning in cyberphysical worlds, eLearning paper, issue No. 39, pp. 1-10, available at http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/article/Learning-in-cyber-physical-worlds_From-field_39_2
Nerantzi, C. & Beckingham S. (eds.) (2014) Using Social Media in the Social Age of Learning, Lifewide Magazine, Special Edition, June 2014
- Lifewide Education
- June 12, 2014
Nerantzi, C. & Beckingham S. (eds.) (2014) Using social media in the social age of learning, Lifewide Magazine, Special Edition, June 2014, available at http://www.lifewidemagazine.co.uk/
Bradley, S. and Beckingham, S. (2013) Evaluation of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Orientation Events. Deepwell, F. and Buckley, C. eds. SEDA Special 35 SEDA Grants.
- December 2013
Introduction to Twitter for Educational Developers
- SEDA Educational Developments
- September 2013
Diigo: Social Bookmarking in a Professional Communication Course. Cheal, C., Coughlin, J., and Moore, S. eds. 2012. Transformation in Teaching: Social Media Strategies in Higher Education.
- Informing Science Press
- January 2012
Dujardin, Edwards and Beckingham from Sheffield Hallam University introduced a social bookmarking site, Diigo, into a Professional Communications course which addressed a former lack of quality in producing an annotated bibliography and a literature review. This pilot study determined through qualitative analysis that social bookmarking had a positive effect on grades and student perception.
Authors: Sue Beckingham
- SEDA Educational Developments
- December 2011
Sue Beckingham's Projects
- July 2014 to Present
#LTHEchat was an idea initially conceived by Chrissi Nerantzi (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Sue Beckingham (Sheffield Hallam University) as an opportunity for educators and students in higher education to discuss learning and teaching. The steering group consists of Dr David Walker (University of Sussex) and Peter Reed (University of Liverpool) together with Chrissi and Sue.
Together, we will be coordinating weekly tweetchats. These will be open to anyone interested in higher education and will provide an opportunity to share practices as well as ideas and connect with other practitioners.
We start this exciting project in September 2014 and hope that you will be able to join us!
- January 2014 to Present
BYOD4Learning is a truly open course, or an ‘open magical box’ for students and teachers who would like to develop their understanding, knowledge and skills linked to using smart devices for learning and teaching and use these more effectively, inclusively and creatively.
The course puts the participant in the driving seat and presents an excellent opportunity to learn autonomously and collaboratively based on authentic contextualised learning and development needs and aspirations.
BYOD4Learnings runs fully on smart devices and presents an immersive learning experience that encourages active experimentation and discovery learning. Participants will be able to connect, share experiences and learn with others from the wider community and located in different parts of the world using social media. The topics and activities provide a scaffold for learning and introduce participants to progressively more complex uses in bite-size learning chunks that trigger interest, engagement and help them to make connections to people, ideas and reflect on their own practice.
Expanding the 'student-as-producer' agenda to first-year students through the production of visual resources for the University services.
- November 2013 to Present
Teaching Enhancement Funding 2013/14 £1000
Team Members: Sue Beckingham
- July 2013 to Present
Awarded two funded projects via the Higher Education Academy (HEA), through its Educational Learning Technologies (ELT) programme. The HEA is promoting digital literacy through a series of projects called, ‘Digital Literacy through the Disciplines’ (DLinD). A strand of the DLinD projects has being aligned with the Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) workshops to support the embedding of learning technologies within academic practice. At each of the 12 one-day events bids were invited for up to £5,000 to undertake a discipline specific activity that will enhance the student learning experience using ideas and approaches related to the workshop themes.
Project 1: Multimedia Reflective Blogs to Develop Confident Professional Communication Skills
Project 2: A Case Study on the Use of Social Media by Engineering Professional Bodies and Employers
Students as Researchers 2013 Space, Place and Interconnectedness: An Evaluation of the Importance of a Considered Digitally Visual Online Presence.
- 2013 to Present
Funding for a Student Researcher for 100 hours.
Evaluation of the Integration of Digital Skills to Enhance Professional Communication and Development
Student Experience Funding 2013 £500
Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance the Learning Experience for Distance Learning Students
- 2012 to Present
Teaching Enhancement Funding 2012/13 £500
Student Support from a students' perspective: an animated resource
Teaching Enhancement for Student Success Funding £1500
Evaluation of learning, teaching and assessment orientation programme for associate lecturers and new teaching staff
- 2009 to Present
SEDA Research and Development Grant 2009/10 £500
Sue Beckingham's Skills & Expertise
- Social Media
- Social Networking
- Social Bookmarking
- Digital Literacy
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- Higher Education
- Web 2.0
- Higher Education Research
- Educational Research
- Academic Development
- Scholarly Research
- Technology Enhancements
- Public Speaking
- Instructional Design
- Staff Development
- Educational Technology
- Workshop Facilitation
- University Teaching
- Distance Learning
- Adult Education
- Blended Learning
- Qualitative Research
- Leadership Development
- Curriculum Development
- Student Engagement
- Curriculum Design
- Mobile Learning
- Educational Leadership
- Academic Writing
- International Education
- Research Design
- Learning Management
- Teacher Training
- Learning Management Systems
- Intercultural Communication
- Teaching Adults
Sue Beckingham's Education
MSc, Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change
2011 – 2014
Master of Arts (MA), Communication and Media Studies
2007 – 2012
Activities and Societies: Course Rep
PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2010 – 2011
Gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
The University of Sheffield
HE Certificate, Information Technology and Organisations
2004 – 2006
Certificate in Information Technology: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/till/prospective/courses/it/certit.html
1972 – 1977
Sue Beckingham's Experience
Educational Developer | Researching the Use of Social Media in Higher Education |
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry
September 2004 – Present (10 years 1 month)
Educational Developer in Higher Education. Currently within the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science (ACES) at Sheffield Hallam University.
Professional Communication and Digital Skills
Social Media Use in Organisations
Facilitator at the SEDA Summer School open to educational developers in higher education
Taking a lead role within the Faculty for educational development of technology enhanced learning and teaching. This involves:
~ the co-ordination and facilitation of staff educational development workshops, seminars and conferences.
~ communication role disseminating key educational development information through a wide range of mechanisms including presentations, website, newsletters, social media and the authoring of staff handbooks and handy guides.
Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Research interests: The use of Social Media in Higher Education, Pedagogic research in higher education, technology enhanced learning in higher education.
Google Plus: http://gplus.to/suebecks
Executive Committee Member
Staff and Educational Development Association
May 2012 – Present (2 years 5 months) London, United Kingdom
Working with the Co-Chairs of SEDA Executive Committee in fulfilling their roles and as a member of the Board of Trustees. SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.
See more about SEDA at http://www.seda.ac.uk or on twitter at @seda_uk. We also have a blog which you can engage with - http://thesedablog.wordpress.com
Client Liaison Co-ordinator for Debenhams Direct
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Retail industry
1991 – September 2004 (13 years)
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; LLOY; Banking industry
1979 – 1991 (12 years)
Sue Beckingham's Volunteer Experience & Causes
Causes I care about:
- Animal Welfare
- Civil Rights and Social Action
- Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
- Human Rights
Organizations I support:
- The Burma Campaign UK
- Amy's Retreat
- Help a Hallam Child
Sue Beckingham's Additional Information
The use of Social Media in Higher Education The Burma Campaign Social: gardening, walking, reading, social media, networking.
- Groups and Associations:
Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Member of the Association of Learning Technology (ALT)
- Honors and Awards:
Supporting Educational Change Award 2008
SEDA Associate Fellowship Award 2008
AUA Fellowship Award 2010
SEDA Fellowship Award 2010
HEA Fellowship Award 2011