The fall semester is now back in full swing, and blog authors in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index are blogging on everything from departmental grants and publish-or-perish debates to the best new e-learning tools and classroom instruction strategies. With blogs covering every academic discipline, the ACI database offers unique insights into what college & university faculty are blogging about – and one topic that the ACI team sees again and again is the recommendation of hashtags for researchers in that blog author’s academic field.
Since we probably don’t have the space to fit all 2,400 ACI scholar hashtag mentions in a single blog post, below is a brief roundup of some of the newest, or most shared, blog posts in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index with the hashtags that scholarly bloggers are talking about in their respective disciplines.
We’ll start this roundup with a history hashtag that comes up often enough that it’s probably one familiar to non-history-scholars as well. In A Few Reasons Why Historians Should Consider Twitter, history professor Dr. John Fea notes that he regularly follows the hashtag “#twitterstorian because so many of them are doing incredible things in their teaching and scholarship”. According to history professor Dr. Jason Kelly – who also recommends niche history hashtags like #publichistory, #histsci, #histmed, #dhist, #envhist, and #digitalhistory – Dr. Katrina Gulliver created the #twitterstorian hashtag in 2007 in order to keep up with historians on Twitter. One year ago today, Dr. Kelly counted 1,829 Twitterstorians who were “both active and whose posts reached a relatively large audience”. Considering that there are Tweets containing the #twitterstorian hashtag every day (we just checked), we’re pretty sure that number of active, far-reaching useres has increased since then, and will only continue to grow.
Education is another field whose Twitter users regularly include hashtags in their Tweets. In their post
Top Twitter EdTech Hashtags for Teachers, the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning bloggers note that, “[t]he introduction of hashtags to Twitter and later on to other social networking websites such as Facebook and Google Plus has revolutionized the way people interact and share resources on these platforms”. For those in education, the bloggers added, that use of hashtags “means an easier way to find, access and share educational materials with a global community of teachers and educators”.
Some of the educational hashtags recommended by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning includes #edapps, #educationalapps, #iPadEd, #iPadchat, and #iPadedu. They also recommend #edtech, an extremely popular hashtag for those interested in following tools, updates, and use cases in educational technology (check out ACI’s own curated #edtech List.) Another interesting repeat is #4wordpedagogy, one that the Technology Enhanced Learning Blog notes aims to encourage the learning community to share pedagogic thoughts in four words.
And then there’s #emtech, a hashtag for those interested in emerging technologies. This hashtag is attachted to Tweets on an array of subject-spanning emerging technology topics, including artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering prototypes, assistive devices, and more. You can find variations on that one, too, like #emtechmit. The MIT Technology Review blog has been tweeting lately on an upcoming EmTech conference, and though conference-goers last fall stuck mostly to #emtechsummit or #emtechmit, more this year are adding the broader #emtech hashtag to their Tweets to make sure those interested in #emtech – but not necessarily following that conference – can still find interesting tidbits from those attending event.
There are also a slew of hashtags inspired by unique intersections of scholarship and current events in society or popular culture. In Pokémon in real life: biologists catch them all!, invertebrate neuroethologist Dr. Zen Faulkes blogs about the #PokemonIRL – or Pokemon In Real Life – hashtag, used by biologists to notate Tweets about actual organisms. In Hashtag ONS Congress to Enhance Your Network and Learning, bloggers at the Oncology Nursing Society talk about the unexpected growth, and benefits, of the #ONSCongress hashtag, originally begun as a path for networking and collaboration for oncological nurses interested in policy and congressional matters.
Finally, for those scholars who feel they’ve had just about enough of hashtagged Tweets in their day-to-day disciplines, similar-minded peers recommend #makeamovieacademic, #academicswithbeer, and #realacademicbios. Even among the hashtag-weary, given the unique challenges faced by those in higher education, we’re pretty sure you know a scholar or two who could relate to such Tweets from their fellow researchers.
To learn more about the ACI Scholarly Blog Index or other ACI resources, please visit the ACI Information Group website. To explore the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, click here for a free individual trial login, or click here to request a free trial customized to your institution. And if you’re an ACI researcher interested in exploring the hashtags researchers in your field are talking about, just visit this link and filter by the Library of Congress classification(s) most relevant to your field.