Blogging & Social Networking – Some thoughts about the social and educational potential for distance learning students

Embedded is the presentation that I gave today to a group of distance learning teachers at the Univeristy. It tries to give a brief overview of some of the lit related to this area and to start some discussion about how these technologies can be used in their learning designs. It will be interesting to… More Blogging & Social Networking – Some thoughts about the social and educational potential for distance learning students

"Why do you blog and how does blogging help with your research?" Response from Science bloggers

Part of our strategy for promoting ResearchConnect and Science blogging in general, was to ask PhD and academic bloggers about why they blog. Scienceblogs.com have an “Ask a science blogger” section so a little while ago I sent in the following question. “There are many many academic bloggers out there feverishly blogging about their areas… More "Why do you blog and how does blogging help with your research?" Response from Science bloggers

A network is born – First intake sessions on ResearchConnect – Social Networking platform for Researchers at the University of Manchester

Well what can I say? After a summer of installing ELGG, tweaking and theming and generally crafting (beating) the software into a usable, corporately recognisable application, today we threw open the virtual doors to ResearchConnect. The scope of the project has expanded somewhat from it’s initial inception as a platform for PhD students from two… More A network is born – First intake sessions on ResearchConnect – Social Networking platform for Researchers at the University of Manchester

Training – "Using the web to raise your professional profile"

I’ll be co-delivering a training workshop as part of the ‘Pathways – Career Options for PhD’s and Research Staff’ event at Manchester University. The workshop is intended to explore ways of using the web to raise your professional profile and is intended to last about an hour. Myself and Jen (my co-trainer) met in Fact… More Training – "Using the web to raise your professional profile"

Using student-owned technologies in educational ict

This article by Scott Wilson of CETIS succintly analyses the concept of PLE’s in terms of ‘what they could be’ and ‘why they should be’. In my role I think that it would be interesting to try and deliver elearning through various non institutional applications inlcuding social networking, blogs, instant messaging, RSS (inlcuding communal RSS… More Using student-owned technologies in educational ict