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Sara Perry—one of the 50 most influential users of social media

Posted on 8 October 2015

York lecturer's innovative approach to teaching acknowledged

From the JISC blog at

Jisc recently announced its first list of the 50 most influential higher education professionals using social media ( One of the fifty is Dr Sara Perry, lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management in the University's Department of Archaeology. Sara's entry describes how she 'uses various social media to facilitate learning, including Google Hangouts to host lectures on heritage research and Twitter to field questions, which are then shared via a TAGS visualisation. She uses Pinterest for a curation module, encouraging students to find, collect and select ideas for museum exhibitions collaboratively. This same module also gets students to blog in the first person and ’speak’ on behalf of items in an exhibition. Another module looks at creating iPhone apps using an application and programming tool, LiveCode, to get non-coding students creating social apps that support archaeology sites’ information needs.

To get over large class sizes, Sara also uses Google Groups to deliver MA lessons, in order to engage each student in lively debate. Sara is one of the founders of HeritageJam, a hack sprint community event for archaeologists, which recruits and disseminates the group’s work viaTwitter and YouTube.' Professor John Schofield (Head of Archaeology at the University of York) described this as a 'wonderful achievement, and richly deserved. Sara is one of the most innovate, creative and inspiring of teachers. This award is recognition of her significant contributions to teaching and learning to date.'