Posts tagged: learning

Collaborate. Share the load.

19 January 2017


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
Blackboard collaborate

File sharing

Group work

Idea generating


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


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

Online discussions and activities
Google hangouts
Blackboard discussion boards

Make notes
One Note

Video creating products


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 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.

Click for video

Links you may need

Access eBooks

Find eBooks at Salford

Printeron – print directly to University printers from your device

Printeron from an iPad/iPhone devices

Printeron from a laptop

Printeron from an android devices

Printeron from the web (this includes printing at home over the web so you can send documents to print on University computers)

Blackboard App

Access the links to download the app for your device. Covers android/blackberry/iPhone/iTouch/iPad and support videos

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

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.

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


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:

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

‘Appy Christmas!

17 December 2014

The end of term is nearly here and the festive decorations are up, so the Library wanted to wish you a Happy ‘Appy Christmas.

appblogAs a gift to you, we’ve bought together a selection of useful apps which could help with any New Years resolutions you may be making for 2015. As an added gift they are all free!

Dreaming of being more organized?

Wunderlust, Trello or Evernote may help.

Wunderlust: Voted MacApp of the Year 2013, this useful app will help you organize your to-do lists, errands and even track and share your shopping list.

Trello: Working together on a project? Trello may help you stop long email threads and get rid of a pile of sticky notes. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.

Evernote: lets you keep track of ideas, thoughts, notes, from short one liners to lengthy texts. Evernote provides you with the workspace you may need.

Determined to keep up to date with the news but don’t want to visit numerous websites?

Try Feedly.

This handy app lets you track numerous news feeds and websites in one place. You no longer need to visit multiple websites, you can ensure you’ve got all the latest news you want from all the sources you need in one place.

Wishing to make managing your references and online reading easier?

Refme could be what you need. The RefME app will help you quickly assemble a list of references for a particular assignment.

If you find something online you want to read but you want to save it till later, try putting it in your pocket.


We hope you enjoy time off over the holidays but we know you may have work to do. For those of you with exams in January then ExamTime is another gift to you to help you capture your revision notes.

Finally, its not actually an app but if you want to follow Father Christmas’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve, its don’t miss out on the NORAD Santa Tracker.

Merry Christmas and an ‘Appy New Year to you!

Image courtesy of Cesar Poyatos

Appetite for apps?

21 July 2014

We are going to be posting regularly about apps that you might find useful in your studies. We would love to hear from you if you use an app that you would recommend to other students. We will aim to review these and share them here on the blog so we can build up a library of apps that fellow students can use.

Watch this space……

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.



Social Media Guide for Students


Digital literacy and digital citizenship: what’s the difference?

6 June 2014

In an earlier post – ‘Introducing digital literacy‘ – I talked about digital literacy being a range of skills that enable you to live, learn and work in a digital society. Things like exploring and evaluating materials, using and referencing resources, digital skills for presenting your work, managing information and the social dimension of information. But where does digital citizenship come in and what does it mean? In a nutshell, it is all about how you behave in the digital society – staying safe online, respecting yourself and others, thinking critically and acting ethically. So, back to the original question, what’s the difference? Digital literacy is all about skills and competencies and digital citizenship is all about behaviours. This great poster sums it up nicely.

Digital literacy poster