Week’s end tips

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This is "me"

A bit behind today – a busy morning trying to join people together, yuck that sounds messy 🙂 I have a few things to bring you today …

The first is yet another networking sort of site called FriendFeed. I don’t know if it could be any use to people but it seems pretty easy to set up a group of your own so that just your friends (and no one else) can talk, share pictures etc. Haven’t tried it out yet but might be useful for discussing a joint project.

Something that I think is really far more interesting is the blog by ProfHacker on The Chronicle of Higher Education (rather like our THE but in America). ProfHacker is a blog where you can get, “tips about teaching, technology and productivity”. I really like this particular post about searching for yourself online 🙂 It’s not quite as narcissistic as it seems and does help you to see how others might perceive you. There are loads of interesting things for both lecturers and students on ProfHacker – some lecturers might be interested in this app I found on the blog, Pikme. It holds a list of students on your iPhone and by shaking the phone you get them randomly selected – great for help with lecture interaction 🙂

A lot of academics still aren’t very visible online. Academia.edu has become more popular and IMHO it is much, much better for academics than LinkedIn, which is far too commerce orientated. Some academics don’t want to do much with their research but do want to create an easily up-dated portfolio. For those of you who do, you might find Interfolio is useful. Mind though ‘cos you do have to pay for it but for under £12 per year I think it provides value for money.

Have to dash off now to do my other blog so I’ll see you all on Monday.


About timjohnson
I came through a tortuous path to the role of Adviser in Digital Literacy in the Information and Learning Services Department. In the past I was a: Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Senior Lectuer in Midwifery, Midwifery Sister, Staff Midwife, Nurse, Secretary, Bars Manager. I would have liked to be a jeweller and silver smith but of course there is always retirement for that :)

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