Bringing together accounts of online community engagement from a range of perspectives, this book considers how the changing landscape of doctoral communities might be used to inform institutional level decisions about doctoral provision and support. Despite the increasing availability of online communities dedicated to doctoral supervisors, there has been little consideration of how they form and operate. This book surveys the landscape of these online communities and examines their impact on the production of the doctorate, and on the experience of doctoral researchers and supervisors. Bringing together accounts of online community engagement from a range of perspectives - doctoral students, supervisors, content curators, and research support practitioners, one of the overarching aims of this volume is to explore these communities in action. With the supporting doctoral research through online media catalysed as the 'new normal', this book allows stakeholders in doctoral education to better understand how students are using social media in their PhD studies, how online communities of practice impact upon researcher/supervisor relationships and support, and ways in which student experiences of various platforms might converge to create an augmented experience.
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1. The Open Dissertation: How Social Media Shaped - and Scaled - my PhD Process 2. Doctoral Candidates' Experiences of Social Media: I don't think I could do the PhD without it 3. It started with a Tweet: how doctoral researchers become media savvy 4. Intersubjective reflections of @PhDForum: A doctoral community on Twitter 5. Online communities that support postgraduate well-being 6. Online Communities of Practice for Academic Practice and a Sense of Belonging 7. Blending online and offline in a Community of Practice model for research degree supervisor development 8. The Supervision Whisperers: Why a Virtual Community of Practice for Research Supervisors did (not) work 9. Academic Identity, the Supervisor and Online Communities of Practice Interviews with content creators and curators 10. Interview with Mel Haines, Write that PhD 11. Interview with Katy Peplin, Thrive PhD Coaching Programme 12. Interview with Amy Bonsall, Women in Academia Support Network, #WIASN 13. Interview with Pat Thomson and Anuja Cabraal, VirtualNotViral
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Julie Sheldon is Dean of the Doctoral Academy at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Victoria Sheppard is Researcher Development Manager at Liverpool John Moores University, UK