Posts about: IT and Digital 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… read more

Disability Awareness Day, Sunday 16th July

5 July 2017

Did you know that Sunday 16th July is Disability Awareness Day? The world’s largest voluntary-led disability exhibition is held in the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington. For more details please see http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk

The University of Salford, and The Library in particular, have many features in place to ensure their services are as accessible as possible. These include mind-mapping software (Inspiration), screen reading (Jaws), and the numerous applications available on My Study Bar – the latter should be available on all networked student pcs. To find out more, including accessible access to the different Library sites, go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/accessibility read more

Finding pictures the legal way 3/3

26 June 2017

Welcome to the third in this series on searching for images the legal way. If you missed them, check out part one (using Google image search and Microsoft to find legal images), and part two (safe picture search engines).

Today we’re meeting (possibly) the best colour search engine in the world, also known as the Multicolr Search Engine from TinEye Labs. Use it to search for pictures by colour. This is a fantastic tool, especially if you’re trying to build a colour scheme for a visual piece of work. All the images have a creative commons licence, which means they are going to be fine to reuse in your academic and professional work. read more

Searching for pictures the legal way 2/3

23 June 2017

Welcome to part two of this series on searching for pictures the legal way. If you missed part one, it’s here. If you know how to do a Google search for an image that’s ‘licenced for reuse’ you’ve made a good start. But sometimes the results from Google alone can be disappointing.

Fortunately, there are many other search engines that are dedicated to finding free-to-use images that are licenced for reuse. My favourite is Pixabay – because it’s powerful and intuitive to use. But there are many others which are worth a try: read more

Finding pictures the legal way (1/3)

21 June 2017

When you’re looking for pictures to illustrate or enhance your academic work, how do you search? Do you ‘copy and paste’ from the internet, as a student recently told me? Or simply type your search term in that old reliable, Google?

Unless you’re careful, searching like this can contravene copyright law and potentially get you into legal trouble. Whenever you find an image through a regular Google search, there’s a good chance that it either:

  • has a license which forbids you to use it, or
  • has no license at all

Assuming that you didn’t ask for prior permission to use the content, it’s illegal to use it if either of these two cases applies. read more

Introducing the University of Salford App Store

19 April 2017
Nicola Sales

Nicola links you to information about the new University App Store

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new University of Salford app store.  There are many apps which can help you with your studies from accessing and organising the information your need, managing your time, preparing for exams, participating in online activities during classes, creating content for your assignments or improving your health and well being to help you with your studies.

There are so many available that the University has brought the most popular apps used at the University of Salford by staff and students into one place so you can quickly and easily search for, and download, the apps that you want. read more

Presentations – techniques and tools for success

13 March 2017
Amy Pearson

Amy shares a few techniques and tools for presentations.

Have you been asked to deliver a presentation?

Help is available from Skills for Learning. We have:

  • eLearning
  • Study Guides
  • Workshops
  • Presentation tools

Read on to learn more.

eLearning

This short course will help you to learn how to deliver a presentation well and show you some of the things you should try to avoid doing.

Format: eLearning | Duration: 15 minutes | Contains audio

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Study Guides

Poster Presentations [MS Word]

This guide will help you to develop the skills needed to produce a poster presentation that documents the research that you have undertaken including poster design, the selection of appropriate font and colour, and the ability to give a clear and concise oral presentation within a limited time. read more

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: read more

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. read more

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

18 January 2017

curate

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. read more