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Here it is, the first week of September and the University is starting to get that buzzy feel that can only mean there are students about. So what is there new for us? I have a few interesting little things for you all some for students and lecturers and some for just lecturers.

The first piece is 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics. Well it’s supposed to be for academics but I think a lot of students will find it useful too – especially if your Module Leader is keen on using Twitter. This article is really helpful to those who want to get started using Twitter for learning and teaching – lots of tips many with no previous experience expected.

For those of you who have iPads (and I know there is an increasing number), not being able to write on the thing can be a serious frustration. I’m going to try this app Writepad for iPad. It’s under $10, that’s about £5 in our money, which I hope will mean that some of you will try it too. I’d like to get your feedback – if it’s any good we need to spread the word 🙂

For any of you who has to do Anatomy and Physiology you will find this site useful. Conestoga is a Canadian Polytechnic and their Practice Learning and eLearning Library have loads of simple learning resources. Another similar site for a wider range of disciplines, and possibly at a slightly higher academic level, is the Nobel Prize Organisation Education Productions. Loads of stuff here too so do allow at least 20 minutes to look through it all.

In the last few years the University has done lots for helping students to easily connect with what’s happening in the University. Whilst we fully intend to carry on improving our communications with students we are now starting to look more closely at the lecturers and other staff. Keep your eyes on this blog and watch for what comes up.

If you are busy doing interesting things with students in your modules put a comment on this blog and share it with the rest of the University. Come on – we know you are out there – blow your own trumpet a bit, you know you’re worth it 🙂


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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