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Showing posts from January, 2010

A new feed for RSS users

Workshops for postgraduate researchers, run by Student Development. Get your feed here!

Visualising words

A useful tool for turning text into a more visual format giving strongest emphasis to the most frequently used words. Enter text into a box on the wordle website and turn it into a tag cloud. I can see myself using this on articles!

Media Zoo workshops 2010

A new season for New History Lab

Learning Futures

The first day of the Learning Futures Festival Online has really convinced me of the benefit of online conferences. Not only can I attend sessions when I want, without having to spend a week away from work and family, but it's also possible to listen to missed sessions after they have finished, to submit questions in writing as well as orally, and to chat online with other participants about issues raised while the presentations are taking place. This is my first experience of an online conference, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it works! The platform for the conference, Elluminate, allows you to view slides and chat as well as hearing audio and watching a video of the presenter, as well as to interact with the speaker. My first impressions are that this is a very useful tool, especially for postgraduate conferences where students might have limited funds available for travel and accommodation. A great virtual conference experience without the inconvenience of atten…

New late opening hours...

Good news for night owls: the library is now open until 2am!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the GSRR, where developments have been afoot over the Christmas holiday leading to the opening of a new Silent Study Zone. Initial feedback suggests that the new Zone is a success, making noise distraction in the GSRR a thing of the past. Come and let us know what you think of the new setup.

A good resolution for any research student would be one that makes the research process easier, so look out for workshops coming up this year. On Thurs 21st Jan we will be running a Media Zoo workshop on E-readers as a postgraduate research tool. This will run from 4-5pm in IT room 2 in the Library. Check the Media Zoo website for further information on courses coming up in the near future on social media, Second Life, blogging and podcasting.

The Graduate School Media Zoo is open for business as usual in the GSRR from 2pm this week. Come and visit to receive advice on how technology can make your research easier, to look at the E-readers or to create an avatar on Second Life...