Posts tagged: it skills

Is formatting your dissertation/thesis harder than you expected?

17 July 2017

If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, with many students find this aspect of the process more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. You can save time, learn the skills to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels too.

Do you know how to…?

  • Create an automatic table of contents for your document headings?
  • Apply Word’s ‘Captions’ for figures and tables, and create automatic listings for them?
  • Apply different page numbering formats to the different parts of your document?
  • Change page orientation mid-document, e.g. to accommodate a large chart?

No? What??? Then you need to check out our handbook and video resources…

Handbook and Videos

These resources focus on the key MS Word tools and features that you should know about and use when Formatting your dissertation/thesis.

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Create. Imagine the possibilities.

20 January 2017

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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.

 

Curate. Don’t drown in a sea of information. Organize.

18 January 2017

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Welcome to day 3 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 three

Today’s theme is curating – how to stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 12:00 and 13:00 today to find out more.

There’s so much information, it can become overwhelming. Why not explore ways of using your devices and applications to filter, store, organise and manage information effectively?

Note taking
Evernote
One Note

Document reader
Feedly (helps you keep on top of news and literature in your field)

Bookmarking
Pocket (save webpages to view later, even without an internet connection)

Referencing
RefMe
Mendleley

For more apps, check out this curating 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.

Connect with your Communities

16 January 2017

connect

Welcome to the first day 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 get the most out of your mobile device. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day One

Today’s theme is connect so we’re exploring how to use social media tools more effectively to connect with your learning community.

To start, why not get on Twitter and follow Skills for Learning @skillupUS and the library @TheLibraryUoS?
Then join the Skills for Learning Facebook group to keep up-to-date.

There’s a whole host of apps and sites you can use to connect with others – have a look at some of them.

Every evening this week there’s a twitter chat  between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) for everyone participating in this course to share your experiences. Check out: #byod4lchat

  • Want to set up your device for learning?  Our online guide will help.
  • Need some human help? Take your device to 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.

 

 

 

Congratulations David! Our first MOS Master 2016

16 December 2016

Congratulations to David E Sanchez Espinoza on becoming the University’s first person to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Master 2016, since it was introduced in September. Yes, last week was an eventful one for David, as he also graduated with an MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Determined to achieve Master status before he left Salford, achieving this certification felt like an early Christmas present to himself!

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David Sanchez Espinoza – MOS 2016 Master

David recommends the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) programme to all, and not just to enhance a CV.

“I think that many of us are familiar with Microsoft Office applications, but only to a limited level. I wanted to use this opportunity to develop my skills and broaden my knowledge in the applications that are really relevant to my career field. Going through the MOS programme has allowed me to do that.

I now have much more confidence in producing professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the workplace. And getting a certificate that validates my knowledge is definitely worth it.”

Want to know more about MOS?

It’s a globally recognised certification programme, and is freely available to all current students and staff at the University.

The training software is aimed at candidates who have an existing knowledge of their chosen application/s, but perhaps need to strengthen or widen that knowledge to become ‘exam ready’.

How many exams you take is entirely up to you – the choices are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and/or Access. Expert level certification is also available in Word and Excel. Or you can aim even higher with the MOS Master certification, as David did, by passing a combination of four exams.

Don’t put it off ’til tomorrow – join the MOS programme today

Make the most of your mobile device.

1 February 2016

Make the most of your mobile device! Did you get a sparkly new device for Christmas?

Why not check out our great new package full of hints and tips to get you started; no matter which device you use?

Simply choose your device and see how you can connect to key University services such as e-mail, accessing e-books and more plus some great apps to help you work and study more effectively.

Who knows? This could open up a whole new world of great ways to spend your time, connect with others and organise your work!

We would love to hear what you think of the resource and any problems you encounter setting up your device for learning at the University of Salford.

 

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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.

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Office 365 – it’s not just email!

23 September 2015

As a student at Salford University you have an Office 365 account, which gives you access to:

  • Your  email account
  • Online versions of Microsoft Office
  • 1 terabyte of file storage on the cloud.

And as if that’s not enough, whilst you’re a Salford University student you can… install and use full Office 2013 FOR FREE on up to 15 personal devices! Desktop, laptop, tablet and phone: windows and macs…

So log in regularly to your Office 365 wherever you are at https://login.microsoftonline.com/

For more information take a look at our Office 365 video and visit Office 365 for Students

Struggling with your studies? Get Skills for Learning

11 December 2014

skills for learning captureSkills for Learning is a great new website that brings study support together in one easy to find place. It covers all the main areas of:

– Reading and writing

– Finding and understanding information

– Using and referencing information

– IT and digital skills

– Working with numbers

– Group work and presentations

– Assessment, revision and exams

– Supporting your dyslexia or disability

Go and have a look around the site to see what support you can get today from eLearning, videos and guides, or another day by booking onto a workshop, calling into a drop in or arranging a one to one appointment.

And don’t forget, there are also lots of great posts on this blog that will help you with your studies.

If you would like to comment on the site, make suggestions for things to add and things to change you can either post a comment here or email a.pearson@salford.ac.uk