This course will teach you not just about the qualities and differences between social networks but also their impact on our lives.
About the course
On this course you will explore the various properties of networks in order to understand more about how we can measure online power and influence.
Through doing this you will discover that networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have very distinct qualities. You’ll learn how organisations can use these qualities to learn more about the people participating in the network, and the communities they represent, and will be encouraged to reflect on what your participation in online social networks tells the world about you. The media are quick to report on negative aspects of social networking such as cyberbullying or identity theft, but we hear less about the benefits that occur when networks are used to enhance employability or raise awareness of good causes. On this course you’ll explore how social media can be used for the common good, not just at a personal level but at a societal level.
Throughout the course you’ll learn different ways for managing your own networks in a professional way to help your own career development.
In fact, the course itself is a social network. We encourage you to interact with other learners worldwide to directly implement lessons from the course and build your own online networks for learning and professional purposes.
You’ll learn with well-known experts from the University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute, including lead educators, Associate Professors Lisa Harris and David Millard, and contributors, Professors Dame Wendy Hall and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.
Other University of Southampton Web Science courses are Web Science: How the Web is Changing the World and an Introduction to Linked Data and the Semantic Web.
What you will learn
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- explore the various properties of networks in order to understand more about how we can measure online power and influence;
- identify influential individuals within a network;
- explore how social media can be used for good, not just at a personal level but at a societal level;
- develop your own networks in a professional way to help your own career development.
The course is intended for existing users of social networks, who want to understand a bit more about how their social network activity might be used by others, and also how it can be made to work more effectively for them.
It will appeal to computer science, web science, business studies or marketing graduates, students and practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge.
About the instructors
David Millard is an Associate Professor of Computer and Web Science at the University of Southampton, UK. Researching online social systems and digital storytelling.
Lisa Harris teaches digital literacy & digital marketing @UniSouthampton. Deputy Director Web Science Institute. Fascinated by disruptive technology in business & education. #JISCsocial50
Starting date: 8 May, 2017
Duration: 2 weeks, 3 hours per week
Instructors: David Millard, Lisa Harris
Institution: University of Southampton