Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Using Twitter to help close the research-to-knowledge-to-practice gap in SLP/SLT worldwide

The ResNetSLT project will link up with @WeSpeechies on Tuesday, 10th October (10–11.00am UK time) to jointly host a Tweetchat.

@HazelRoddam1 and @BronwynHemsley will team up to lead a discussion entitled: 'Using Twitter to help close the research-to-knowledge-to-practice gap in SLP/SLT worldwide'.

Experienced SLP/SLT tweeters often report not being confident in using Twitter, or being 'the only one' in their department to embrace Twitter as a method of exchanging critical information.

In the UK, the hashtag #ResNetSLT was launched to promote increased awareness and implementation of the research evidence-base by SLP/SLT practitioners.

Through hosting themed discussions on applied clinical research papers, #ResNetSLT aims to support SLPs/SLTs to gain more confidence in understanding research design issues and the principles of evidence-based practice.

The hashtag #WeSpeechies is used to focus on a specific topic for a week, involving a different curator each week.

Both #ResNetSLT and #WeSpeechies provide opportunities for SLPs/SLTs to take up 'advanced tweeting' skills, and at the same time encourage many more SLPs/SLTs to make that leap from 'lurker' to 'tweeter'.

This week's one-hour chat will use the #ResNetSLT tag, and several tweets will also sport the #WeSpeechies tag, to ensure the conversation can be seen in both hashtag communities.

Questions will be as follows:
  • Tweeting at work is tough, and tweeting at home can be hard. How do YOU balance your 'work-life-tweeting'?
  • Does the info you find in Twitter stick? What makes you notice it? How can we better promote 'gems' of critical information?
  • What kind of thing do you discover through Twitter – and from whom - that ultimately change your practice?
  • How do you help yourself (or others) to advance in Twitter skills, get more confident, and use Twitter to make a difference?

Friday, 7 July 2017

Exciting opportunity to be involved in ResNetSLT project

ResNetSLT is a unique online research community for SLTs at all stages of their career.

We are launching a ResNetSLT Action Group in September 2017, to develop new initiatives for the future and to ensure sustainability.

We'd like to hear from anyone who is interested to get involved in helping us.

This could be brief news and commentary items for our blogsite or planning and running our Twitter chats (#ResNetSLT).

Please spread the word that this is an exciting chance to get involved and to add to your CV.

All expressions of interest are very welcome – and we would really love to have at least one student SLT or new graduate in our group.

So if you would like to know more about joining us and can commit for one year, please contact Hazel Roddam by 31st August 2017.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A successful first year for #ResNetSLT

Our monthly Twitter #ResNetSLT Journal Club which began in January 2016 has been a great success.

Nine papers have been discussed during the year, with up to 47 participants being involved in the chats.

Please click here for a summary of the papers discussed and the stats of the impact and reach to linked Twitter accounts.

The highest to date was almost 750,000 accounts from a one hour Tweetchat.

The engagement with our online Journal Club has shown that geography is no barrier, with people joining us from Australia as well as several countries in mainland Europe.

We've also been delighted that people from many other professions have joined our discussions – and that's the message that everyone is welcome.

On several occasions the paper authors have joined the discussions – a feature that we hope to continue next year.

Each month we've either chosen an open access paper, or been able to negotiate with the relevant publishers for them to provide a direct link to our selected paper. Many thanks to all the publishers who've generously helped us with this.

We've posted this on our blogsite, along with a summary of what the paper says, and questions to prompt discussion and debate.

After the Tweetchats we've also posted a summary of the key discussion themes onto our news feed on the blogsite, as we want to share these messages as widely as possible, especially for colleagues who are not (yet) on Twitter.

In February we were delighted that the ResNetSLT blogsite was awarded 'Site of the Month' by Professor Caroline Bowen (@speech_woman).

Our first #ResNet_Rendevous took place in August – that was an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting for colleagues attending the International Association of Phoniatrics and Logopedics (IALP) conference in Dublin.

Tweeting live from that conference event also proved to be a really great way for others to keep updated if they weren't able to attend themselves. It would be great to do this again in the future – please let us know your suggestions.

Thanks to everyone for joining in, it's been an exciting first year and we've learned a lot about online discussion events. Hopefully we will continue to refine and improve the #ResNetSLT chats.

A special word of thanks is due to Dr Joanne Fillingham and Dr Emma Pagnamenta for all their help in getting us started, as well as @RCSLTResearch.

If you have any suggestions for papers you'd like to discuss please let us know.