The library has been instrumental in launching and encouraging use for learning of a number of social media in the college, e.g. blogs and Facebook.
Just recently the college librarian worked together with a photography class on starting a comminity, NWHC Photo Freaks (alas, the librarian had no power over the name selection!) on Flickr, a photo sharing platform. It is great that the project has taken off, the creativity and success are on display and shared!
See a few more Flickr groups which originated at the college.
JISC’s e-fair, a major regional event in promoting use of technology in education, took place in Nottingham on 21 June. This was an annual event, undertaken for the last eight years. For the first time, our college contributed with two sessions: Debs Cairns’s ClickView for Video Collection Development and Lin Armstrong & Ihar Ivanou’s Blogging for Learning.
Debs Cairns, library’s Senior Learning Resources Assistant, gave a short presentation followed by a group discussion on the use of ClickView at NWHC and the innovative ways in which teaching staff are incorporating it into their teaching. For example, Suzanne Sharples asked her Foundation Learners to choose their favourite television commercials which were then uploaded to ClickView; the class viewed the commercials together in the classroom and discussed the relative merits of each one and why they were chosen. This was then taken further to compare and contrast the ClickView lesson with a previous round table discussion without the use of technology – out of which the ClickView lesson was voted most enjoyable. See the presentation slides at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=221#one, and listen to Deb’s post workshop interview at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2045.
Lecturer Lin Armstrong and College Librarian Ihar Ivanou presented their experience of blogging for learning with 2+2 Childhood Studies students. This project started four years ago to develop a collaborative and more participative learning experience. Lin, Ihar and the students tried a number of different tools and finally settled for Blogger – a platform tightly embedded into the Google’s eco-system. Since then, blogging has been an important factor in supporting academic, information and IT skills, improving literacies (digital, traditional, emotional) and building an exciting community of learning. This presentation slides can be seen at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=222#blogging, and Lin & Ihar’s interview about the project is available to listen to at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2021.
The library here at NWHC has had an active blog since February 2010. Along with our Facebook page, we find it a useful method of communicating with learners, disseminating information and sharing news.
Blogging is growing in popularity and is now a recognised communication tool utilised by many; it is incorporated in various courses taught within the college (HND Art and BA Early Childhood Studies) where learners are expected to create and maintain blogs as part of their portfolios. In addition to this, the library facilitates an information skills session entitled ‘blogging for teaching and learning’, as well as offering a similar staff-only session as part of the college’s annual staff conference.
Several members of the library team maintain personal blogs relating to libraries and information science. Please feel free to browse them and leave comments:
College Librarian Ihar Ivanou – iLibrarian’s joys and toys
Systems Librarian Cara Clarke – Behind the bookshelves
Graduate Trainee Sam Philips – Blogging to success
The library now has a range of information and research skills sessions available. If you’re having difficulties with any of the following topics, or would simply like to know more, please ask at the enquiry desk about booking a session. They are available at all campuses and can be tailored to suit your needs (small groups or one-to-one).
- Heritage and Google Inside Out
Effective searching techniques for printed and online content
- Blogging for Teaching and Learning
Blogging for learning is most effective when a teacher is involved with the practice alongside with learners. Hence, this session is addressed to both learners and teachers. It will help to start blogging from scratch.
- Harvard Referencing
The session covers the basic rules of Harvard style referencing.
Where to find them and how to use them both on and off-site. The session covers the e-books provided by the College and those available elsewhere.
- ClickView and Video
How to make the best use of video resources available to learners and staff.
For more information, or to book a session, please drop-in or contact the library:
Tel: 024 7624 3000 ext 3263 / 3705
This year as never before, many tutors have been enquiring about blogging and how it may be used for enhancing the learning experience of their students. The Library offers a session, Blogging for Teaching and Learning, – book it if interested.
Also, the Guardian is promising an interesting series about earning living by blogging. It is available online, new instalments will appear fortnightly and can by followed via an RSS subscription.