Posts tagged: communication

Create. Imagine the possibilities.

20 January 2017

create

Welcome to the final day of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week.

Day five

Today’s theme is creating – in particular how to use quizzes and surveys in your teaching and learning. Feel free to pop along to Mary Seacole, room 136, between 12:00 and 13:00 to join in.

A great way to explore learning is through ‘making’ – meaning how you can use devices and applications to develop original and meaningful outputs as an individual or within groups. There are so many ways you can do this; here are some we’ve come across:

Creating presentations
HaikuDeck
Prezi

Word clouds
Wordle
Tagul
worditout

Creating stories
Story Jumper
Storify

Films
Vimeo
Vine

 

For more apps, check out this creating shelf.

 

Thanks for participating this week. Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share what you’ve learned. Check out: #byod4lchat

 

 

Want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

Collaborate. Share the load.

19 January 2017

collaborate

Welcome to day 4 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day four

Today’s theme is collaborating – how to work more effectively and crowdsourcing content using online collaborative tools. Come along to Maxwell, room 819, between 13:00 and 14:00 to find out more.

These apps can help you to work with others in a number of ways:

Video conferencing
Skype
Google+
Blackboard collaborate

File sharing
Evernote
Onedrive
Dropbox

Group work
Trello

Idea generating
Padlet
lino

 

For more apps, check out this collaborating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

 

Communicate. It’s good to talk.

17 January 2017

communicate

Welcome to day 2 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning week. Here at Salford we’re offering students and staff the chance to participate in a free, online course to learn about how to get the most out of your mobile device, backed up with activities on campus. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below.

Day two

Today’s theme is communicating – in particular, we’re looking at how we can find opportunities to stimulate discussion and encourage active engagement in your teaching/learning/research. Feel free to join us in Newton, room 240 from, 14:00 to 15:00

Wondering about how to develop useful communication channels? How could your mobile device help you to record and capture any exchanges for later review? Thinking about how best to communicate with large groups?

Interactive quizzes
Socrative
Kahoot

Online discussions and activities
Google hangouts
Skype
Blackboard discussion boards

Make notes
One Note
Evernote

Video creating products
Jing
Powtoon
Vine

Share
Twitter
Facebook

For more apps to help you communicate better, check out this Edshelf.

For more help and advice on how to set up your device, have a look at our Set up your device for Learning pages.

Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L)

8 January 2016
Are you feeling like you’re not getting the most out of your mobile technology?

Getting a shiny new device for Christmas or have one lying around?

Do you want some help with how to use it in your studies?

help waving

 

 

Then Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L) week may be for you!

Starting on 11th January 2016 (for 5 days), this short course looks at how you can make the most of your smart device (tablet/phone/laptop) through short 10 minute activities and additional resources. The course will enable you to connect with peers and learn within a wider community.

There is no requirement to join in every activity, the decision of how much time you wish to spend on this is entirely up to you. During the week there will be activities and a competition around the University so keep your eyes and ears open!

Twitter:  #BYOD4L

At Salford we are celebrating by letting you know what we have available for you so you can make the most of your laptop, tablet or phone to help you with your studies.

Have a look at our Get started pages to help set up your device.

 

Aaaaahhh???? Don’t know much other than how to switch it on? Come and see us: Clifford Whitworth library has a special support desk http://www.its.salford.ac.uk/dropin/ available between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help get you started.

IT desk

Read all about it!

11 March 2015

 

 

 

Photo by Harshil Shah

Since the start of 2015 we have had newspapers delivered to two Library sites:

At MediaCity, you’ll find The Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail every Monday to Friday on the Student Support Desk on the first floor.  We are also looking to get hold of some of the regional and free papers, like the Metro and the MEN.  Watch this space for more news as we get it.

At Clifford Whitworth, every Monday to Friday, you’ll find The Telegraph,  The Times, and The Guardian on the ground floor, on the table nearest the Student Support Desk.  Copies for the past week are stored on the reservation shelf beside the booksorter.

Let us know what you think so far.  Are they there when you need them?  What have you been using them for – a general catch-up on the news or, for journalism students in particular, a chance to see how a professional lays out their work?

Are you guilty of subtweeting?

23 July 2014

Do you know what it means to ‘subtweet’?

Hannah Parkinson in the Guardian explains all, describing “the subtle art of the subtweet” along with some great examples of subtweeting in action.

It is defined as “the internet equivalent of talking behind someone’s back” and “can be brilliant, it can be cruel, it can be rude, it can be annoying as hell”.

To read Hannah’s mini guide on what subtweeting is, how it tends to be used, how to get it right with examples of when it’s done badly, click here:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2014/jul/23/subtweeting-what-is-it-and-how-to-do-it-well

 

Mindblowing social media stats

8 July 2014

Did you know that 2 people sign up for Linked In every second? That 44% of Twitter users have never sent a tweet? Or that 80% of Instagram users are female? Find out how many people are currently using social media, and much more in this awe-inspiring infographic from Digital Insights.

social media 2014
by Digital Insights

Finding information on clinical topics

23 June 2014

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries
Are you looking for reliable, evidence-based information about medical conditions? NICE CKS service provides health care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations.
To use this service, go to http://cks.nice.org.uk/ and either browse the list of conditions or search for one you’re interested in.
The topics are broken down into areas such as diagnosis, management, evidence and also indicates how up-to-date the information is. It also provides links to systematic reviews and randomized control trials on the subject.

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Student guide to social media

9 June 2014

Have you ever wondered how you could use social media to enhance your academic studies?

This short and handy guide made by the Libraries at  University of Leeds, University of York and University of Manchester introduces different types of social media and gives you information and guidance on how to use different types of social media as well as how best to use it for your academic studies and future career.

 

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Social Media Guide for Students

 

Introducing Digital Literacy

30 April 2014

This blog is all about digital literacy. As you study, we will take you on a journey of digital discovery, help you to identify gaps in your skills and provide opportunities and guidance for you to gain new skills. But what is digital literacy? It is broadly defined as ‘capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society’ (JISC,2011). There are many different aspects to being digitally literate – some things you will be pretty good at, others will be new to you.

Take communication, for example: it is difficult to avoid communicating digitally these days. When was the last time you made a phone call, sent a text message, emailed someone, typed a letter, tweeted, blogged, used Snapchat, updated Facebook? If you have done one or more of these things recently you are demonstrating that you have some digital literacy skills when it comes to communication and collaboration – but just how literate are you?

Becoming literate in something is a developmental process. Beetham and Sharpe’s (2010) ‘pyramid model’ shows the different stages of development. We move from having access to and an awareness of something, to developing skills in it, we then practice those skills and finally it becomes part of who we are.

developmental pyramid

Communication and collaboration is just one aspect of digital literacy. Take a look at the different elements outlined below and think about how they might apply to your studies and your future professional life:

digital literacy

Image taken from JISC Developing Digital Literacies

It isn’t difficult to see how valuable the development of these skills will be to you now and in the future. So, keep checking in with the blog, add your comments to posts and share it with your friends!