Posts tagged: induction

New to Salford? You are not alone! #studentdiaries

30 January 2017

Our team of fab student bloggers have been writing about their experience of studying at Uni and sharing some really good reflections about being a new student.

Anne – studying Occupational Therapy

Meet Anne. She has become an ‘expert juggler’ since starting her Occupational Therapy course in September. She has been blogging about setting up her ‘occupation station’, having 3rd week wobbles, building professional relationships by car sharing and a few referencing lessons have been learnt! All of Anne’s posts can be read here.

 

 

 

Dave – studying Podiatry

Dave StuartSince starting in September, Dave has been busy getting ready for professional practice and has also completed Wordscope, our academic writing course –  he says his writing style has really improved as a result. He also got support from the Skills for Learning team when writing his first essay. Read more about Dave’s first semester here.

 

 

 

Dominic – studying English and Creative Writing

Dominic says that at 48 (almost 49), he is the very definition of a mature student… or as his daughter said “You’re not mature Dad, just old!”. He has been surprised by the pace and has had to battle with some time out due to illness. He has found comfort in knowing that others on his course are all in the same boat and ready to pick each other up when they ‘trip and fall’. All of Dominic’s posts can be read here.

 

 

 

Would you like to share your experience of studying at University?

Contact library-skillsforlearning@salford.ac.uk to let us know you are interested.

Communicate. It’s good to talk.

17 January 2017

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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

13 January 2017

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Want to get more out of your mobile technology? Perhaps you got a shiny new device for Christmas but aren’t sure how to use it? Or maybe you’d like to use it better in your studies or teaching?

Next week is national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week and here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device. Starting on 16 January 2017, this short course looks at how you can make the most of your smart phone, tablet or laptop. The course, for all students and staff, runs for 5 consecutive days with opportunities to engage as much or as little as you are able to, both within the University and the wider community.  The topics for each day are:

Monday 16 : Connecting: check out online activities to help you use social media tools more effectively to connect with your learning community

Tuesday 17: Communicating: opportunities to stimulate discussion and encourage active engagement in your teaching/learning/research. Join us in Newton, room 240 from 1400 to 1500.

Wednesday 18: Curating: stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and to look at how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 1200 and 1300 to find out more

Thursday 19: Collaborating: how to work more effectively and crowdsource content using online collaborative tools. Come along to Maxwell, room 819, between 1300 and 1400 to find out more.

Friday 20: Creating: how to use quizzes and surveys in your teaching and learning. Pop along to Mary Seacole, room 136, between 1200 and 1300 to join in.

Every evening there will be a twitter chat focusing on the theme of the day. The chats are between 2000 and 2100 and everyone is welcome. If you are new to twitter this is an opportunity to see how twitter chats work, and to connect with a much wider network of people. 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.

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?

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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

Get the books you need to read for your course

5 October 2015

You may be starting to wonder how you get hold of the books you need to read to prepare for your lectures and seminars that. You can check on line for your reading lists via the Salford Student Channel website. Alternatively you find your reading lists by either logging on to each of your modules in Blackboard and clicking on ‘Reading List’ or searching online for ‘Reading Lists at Salford’.

Watch our video to find out more (click the link next to the image to view the video):

readinglist video

https://media.salford.ac.uk/Play/1700

How to borrow and return books from the library

1 October 2015

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If you’ve found some books you want to take out of the library then you can borrow up to 15 books if you are an undergraduate and 25 books if you are a postgraduate student. You will need to issue them to yourself using those scary looking self –issue machines in the libraries – but don’t worry it is really easy.
Watch this video and see for yourself how easy it is.
How to borrow books from the libraries

When you have finished with the books you will need to bring them back into the library and use the self -service return machines. If you are returning books at Clifford Whitworth Library then the machines are on the ground floor. This video shows you how:


How to return books at Clifford Whitworth Library

If you want to return books at Adelphi and Media City Libraries then you need to use slightly different machines which look like the ones on this video:

How to return books at Adelphi and Media City libraries

There’s more to using The Library than simply picking a book off the shelf…

29 September 2015

We asked students coming into the Library what top tips they would share to help others successfully learn in the Library. Watch this You Tube video to see what you came up with:

 

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Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L)

8 January 2015

Next week is the national Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L) week. 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.

All you need to do is watch this video – its only 1 minute 30 seconds long. Then go to the links listed below to access any further information, guides or relevant web pages.

You can also follow #BYOD4L to find out what’s going on countrywide as part of BYOD4L week.

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Links you may need

Access eBooks

Find eBooks at Salford http://youtu.be/PCtxHHffpTc

Printeron – print directly to University printers from your device

Printeron from an iPad/iPhone devices http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/user-guides/general/PrinterOn-iPhone-App-Guide.pdf

Printeron from a laptop http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/user-guides/general/web-printing.pdf

Printeron from an android devices http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/user-guides/general/PrinterOn-Android-phone-App-Guide.pdf

Printeron from the web (this includes printing at home over the web so you can send documents to print on University computers) http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/user-guides/general/PrintWhere-driver-guide.pdf

Blackboard App

Access the links to download the app for your device. Covers android/blackberry/iPhone/iTouch/iPad and support videos http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/blackboard-and-collaborate/blackboard-mobile-learn

F drive

Link to your F Drive Filestore area for safe secure storage of your documents that you can access online whenever you need them. Available at http://www.its.salford.ac.uk/offcampus/

Office 365

When you log on to your Student Mail account you have access to Office 365. These are online versions of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can also use OneNote to help you keep track of your notes and to do lists.

http://www.its.salford.ac.uk/students/email/office365faq.php

Microsoft products students can purchase at discount rates

As a student you can also purchase software for your own laptop at a discounted price, follow this link to find out more http://www.its.salford.ac.uk/software/getting/

Laptops

If you have your own laptop you can borrow cables from the Library Support Desk to connect your laptop to the computer monitors so they have a bigger screen to work on. This help guide shows you how: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/user-guides/computing/connectlaptops.pdf

If you are a students living in Halls of Residence can access University Anti-virus software for free:

http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/user-guides/computing/mcafee.pdf

How to access internal web pages from home

18 September 2014

Certain resources on the University website – such as past exam papers – are held on internal web pages, which cannot immediately be seen from computers that aren’t on the University’s network. However, if you need to view these resources while you’re at home, you will need to set up proxy access. This authenticates you as a valid user. Here’s how to do it:

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How to scan documents and email them

17 September 2014

As well as printing and photocopying, you can also scan documents and email them to yourself on the amazing multifunctional devices around the Library and elsewhere in the University.

Here’s how:
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