Today we’re excited to release our new collection of teaching resources for you to use in your own Explorer for Institutions training sessions. We’re often asked to share our training slides so we’ve created a CC-BY licensed collection for you to use in your own teaching.
We’ve designed the new teaching materials collection to include everything you need to run a successful Explorer for Institutions training session – from advertising online, posters to promote around campus and re-usable slides with explanations and hands-on activities.
- Introduction to Altmetric for Institutions training slides with notes
- Workshop activities – slides with hands-on activities
- Workshop activities handout
- Text for advertising your session online
- Tips & Tricks: promoting your research online
- Poster to advertise your session around campus
Feel free to remix, reuse and share your training session materials afterwards – we’d love to see what you create.
And take a look at our new tutorial videos…
Today we’re also launching our new tutorial videos so you can take a look around exploring data in Altmetric for Institutions and the Altmetric Details Page. Take a look:
- Altmetric for Institutions: Navigating – find out more about Altmetric for Institutions with a walkthrough of our demo edition. We show you how to browse your institutional outputs, the summary report, access Altmetric Details Pages, view authors and departments, and expand to search across the entire Altmetric database.
- Altmetric Details Page: We take you on a tour of the Altmetric Details Page to find attention data for a research output with a walkthrough of the Altmetric donut, sources tabs, help information and setting up email alerts for new mentions.
Feel free to embed in your help guides and share with researchers and support teams in your institution!
Here are our ideas for running a successful altmetrics training session at your institution:
- Plan ahead. Check your room setup, will attendees have access to PCs for hands-on activities or should they bring laptops? Or will it be more of a lecture setup? Do you have time for group discussion at the end to talk about the key learning points and altmetrics data you’ve covered during the session? Our activities slides are useful for hands-on workshops, and the Introduction to Altmetric for Institutions slides also offer a good introduction for both a workshop and a lecture-style presentation.
- Run a live demo of Altmetric for Institutions and get everyone to create an account – this will really help attendees get a feel for the database navigation, key functionality (exploring the data, filtering results, summary reports, author/departments, custom groups, exporting and saving etc.). See slides 21-30 of the Introduction to Altmetric for Institutions slide deck for key functionality to demonstrate.
- Emphasise the importance of looking beyond the score. It’s useful to highlight the value of considering the quality of the mention rather than focussing only on the score. The Altmetric score of attention is an indicator that a paper has received lots of attention. Take a look at some conversations surrounding your institutional research papers and discuss in your session. See slide 34 of the Introduction to Altmetric for Institutions slides for an example of a paper with a relatively low score but with a policy document mention that demonstrates how the journal article has contributed to NHS treatment guidelines.
- Cascade training and advocacy across library and training support teams and embed altmetrics in existing scholarly communications sessions (open access, bibliometric analysis, research data management, ORCID, etc.) This helps demonstrate how the Altmetric for Institutions service can be used alongside existing services to support research innovation.
- Discuss how altmetrics are part of a broader conversation. Share ideas for how researchers and support teams can use altmetrics data to broaden the view of research attention alongside existing analyses, e.g. traditional bibliometrics and funding awards etc.
Let us know if you create new materials you’d like to share or if there’s something you don’t see here but would find useful. Happy training!