Digital: Engaging the public with Scots language research through social media

The Scots Words and Place-names Project (SWAP), run by academics in the College of Arts, used social media to engage the public and collect data on the Scots language. Facebook and Twitter accounts were a platform for discussion and maintained the momentum of the project while encouraging others to input entries through the SWAP website. The public contributions were used to create a Glossary of Scots Place-name Elements (, the first of its kind.

To engage school pupils, a competition was designed and advertised using Glow, the schools intranet. Teachers found supporting classroom materials useful and incorporated them into various learning activities. This interaction with schools has lead to an on-going dialogue with the educational body Learning and Teaching Scotland (part of Education Scotland) and academics are developing further e-resources with them.

Project Partner: 
Education Scotland

To learn more about this project or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).

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