Annnnd, we’re back! The mad dash at the beginning of the semester has subsided, and we’ve got some new bits of instructional technology goodness to share with you. To kick things off today, let’s take a look at www.Academia.edu, which has been affectionately referred to as the “Facebook for academia!”
We’ve all heard of Facebook, and some of us may even be using it in our classrooms. Facebook is useful for many things, but if you’re trying to connect with other professionals in your field, it leaves a little to be desired. That’s where Academia.edu comes in. It is free to create an account, after which you can take advantage of the site’s tools and resources.
Imagine you are a humanities instructor, specializing in mythology and etymology (oh, and we just happen to have someone like that working in the CTL), and you’re writing a paper on, or teaching a lesson related to, The Odyssey. With Academia.edu, you can quickly find and “follow” others who are also studying the Odyssey, read their papers, and exchange ideas with them directly through the site’s messaging system.
Other interesting uses of Academia.edu include; the ability to post an interactive CV, sharing of useful web resources, finding talks and conferences in your area, and stat-tracking on your posted talks and papers. Oh, and if you’re really good (or just lucky), you might even be discovered by a publisher through Academia.edu!
And finally, Academia.edu can be fun, too… in slightly-geeky, discipline-specific kinda way. We all know who the rock stars of our disciplines are, and many of them are on Academia.edu. If there are there any theoretical physicists reading this, you need to get on Academia.edu, because Stephen Hawking is waiting for you to follow his work!
Academia.edu is young and growing fast. If you find this concept interesting, if you’re thinking of joining and need some advice, or if you just want to share your thoughts, please leave your comments below!