Digital and Social Media for Research Purposes: A Panel

Date:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What is the significance of social media, digital technologies and online platforms to advance research in education? Digital and social media can play a role at all stages of the research process, including the generation of research questions, data collection, analysis, academic dissemination, and knowledge mobilization. This panel brought together four researchers from the Faculty of Education – two faculty members and two trainees – who shared their experience using digital and social media for research purposes. Their brief presentations were followed by a period for questions and open discussion.


  • Dr. Mary Bryson (Professor, LLED)  spoke about the use of Digital Storytelling as a method for health knowledge mobilization
  • Dr. Amy Metcalfe (Associate Professor, EDST) talked about her experience using Twitter for academic communication
  • Dr. Chelsey Hauge (postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice) sharee her experience using digital media production for social justice in the context of international education
  • Ashley Shaw (PhD student in EDCP) discussed her research in online communities, including Facebook and MOOCs

Dr. Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager of Learning Design in the Faculty of Education, facilitated the panel.

Thanks to Flickr’s Peter Klrkeskov Rasmussen for the photograph.