Learning Commons presents Social Media Boot Camp

Learning Commons presents Social Media Boot Camp

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Students, faculty, and staff encouraged to attend free event that lasts all week

The University of Iowa Main Library Learning Commons, in conjunction with Craft Critique Culture, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference, is hosting a Social Media Boot Camp March 31-April 5. The interactive sessions will provide education on using social media professionally for undergraduate and graduate students, and anyone else who wants to learn.

Don’t forget to bring a laptop or mobile device so you can practice the techniques and tips you’ve learned in real time. Use our Twitter hashtag#smbc14 to live tweet during the sessions.

Can’t make it in person? Follow the Twitter livestream at #smbc14.

Hashtags vs. Hard Copy Resumes: Guerrilla Job Search Tactics For College Students

Monday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Learn how to supercharge your social media use to catch the eye of potential employers, stand out from the job hunting pack and build a personal brand that gets noticed…for the right reasons.

#StuffMyProfessorSays: How Students Talk About Their Teachers When They Think No One Is Listening

Monday, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

A talk about “My Professor” tweets and the politics of professors and students tweeting each other and colliding in social media spaces.


Monday, 12:30-1 p.m.

Discuss best practices for live-tweeting at events!

Finding, Joining, Signal Boosting: Communities on Social Media

Monday, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

With Twitter as a jumping-off point, we’ll discuss who’s out there, how they interact, and how you might interact with them.

Make Yourself an Established Social Media User

Monday, 3-3:30 p.m.

How to brand yourself on social media to give your company the right kind of social media attention it needs.

LinkedIn and the Job Search

Monday, 4-4:30 p.m.

The most effective ways to use LinkedIn tools for entry-level job searching.

Intro to Instagram

Tuesday, 11-11:30 a.m.

What is Instagram, how do you use it, and how can you integrate it into a work setting?

Tumblr 101

Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tumblr etiquette, how to engage in communities on Tumblr, and how to use the site to promote your personal brand.

How to Make a GIF

Tuesday, 4-4:30 p.m.

Learn how to make your own GIF using Adobe Photoshop. Bring a laptop!

Have you Googled yourself lately? Creating a Web Presence to Support your Teaching and Research

Wednesday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Practical advice on creating a web presence that can yelp you to share your research, build an academic identity, and support your teaching. Bring a laptop!

The Iowa City Downtown District and Social Media

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Examples of how business, organizations, and professionals are using social media in Iowa City

Teaching with Social Media

Wednesday, 2-3 p.m.

How does public blogging change student writing? How can the brevity of Twitter enhance the teaching of literature and other disciplines? How does history live online? Discuss these questions and more!

Professional Online Identities: A Graduate Student Toolkit

Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

A hands-on introduction to developing a professional online identity on Twitter, LinkedIn, and WordPress.

Capture Iowa: First-Year Experience Photo Project

Thursday, 2-2:30 p.m.

Description: Capture Iowa is a photo project that tells your University of Iowa story.

Collaborative Fiction in the Twitterverse & Beyond:

Thursday, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

A discussion | brainstorm on creative practice and building community in social media

Social Media and Scholarly Communication

Thursday, 4:30-5 p.m.

Description: Learn about the ways in which scholarly communication in evolving to embrace the affordances of the social ways.

Get the most out of your followers: grow social media with user generated content

Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Innovative approaches to getting great user generated content to grow your social media platforms and followers.


Friday, 12-12:30 p.m.

Discuss best practices for live-tweeting at events!

Title: Twitter #LifeHacks for Professional Development

Fri, 1-2 p.m.

Tips and ideas you can use to use Twitter to enhance your professional development and expand your network.

How to Use Social Media in the Business World

Saturday 12-1 p.m.

Learn how to shift from using the social media for personal use to business use.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this boot camp, call 319-334-2437 in advance.


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