Glenn named social media superstar

Posted on 15 November 2017

An academic in the Department of Chemistry has been recognised as one of the top 10 UK social media superstars in a competition celebrating the excellent social media work being done in Higher Education.

Social media superstar

Dr Glenn Hurst was recognised for his innovative use of social media to enhance his teaching.  The judges in the competition, run by Jisc,  were particularly impressed by Glenn’s use of Snapchat to signpost students during inductions. Glenn sends students a blend of annotated pictures and videos to allow them to contextualise the chemistry concepts taught in lectures to the real world. In doing so, he also provides students with a glimpse of how chemistry research is conducted in laboratories in the department and beyond. Students have commented: "It’s super fun to see research in chemistry labs!"

He also uses Twitter to engage with students and the academic community and empowers them to create their own YouTube videos of organic chemistry mechanisms. Students then tweet their videos to him to receive feedback so they can improve. 

Glenn said: "This approach has allowed me to provide students with even more feedback than other approaches such as tutorials/workshops and enables them to improve their communications skills."

Other award winners included academics making use of a wide range of social media platforms, from Facebook Live and Instagram, to developing their own bespoke apps for student learning.  

The winners receive an ed-tech visit for their class from DigiLab, so we're looking forward to seeing a robot and some VR visiting the department soon.  The award was made by Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee), a UK not-for-profit company, which supports post-16 and higher education by providing relevant and useful advice, digital resources and network and technology services.  The winners were chosen by a panel of HE and social media experts, including the JISC social media team, JISC Head of Student Experience and the social media editor for Times Higher Education.

Notes to editors:

The Department of Chemistry at York is committed to teaching innovation and excellence as demonstrated in our second place ranking in the 2018 Guardian League Table.

For further information about the Jisc social media award winners see:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/top-10-uk-higher-education-social-media-superstars-2017

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/our-top-ten-higher-education-social-media-superstars-of-2017-13-nov-2017 ]