Social Media Research Project 2008

Social Media Research Project by Julia Ault: Summer 2008


In the summer of 2008, I undertook a research project into social media and online communication as part of my undergraduate studies. This project marked the beginning of a personal journey across the changing online landscape – observing and chronicling developments in social media and technology and noting the impact upon online communities.

This journey lead me on to my current post working on the development of technology enhanced learning (TEL) in Higher Education with a particular focus on the effective and innovative uses of social media in learning and teaching in order to enrich the student experience.

Extracts from my research project (initially published on my own personal blog Ffynnonweb) are now being re-published on this blog in their original form as the background to the wider JISC -funded Building Capacity Project that is currently underway. As the main project develops, further articles and research findings chronicling the progress of the project will also be published here and will be listed on their own blog pages.