What digital resources are you using in your work at Anglia Ruskin University?

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In today’s post we’ll look at some of the digital resources we have at our disposal as members of staff. Feel free to dip into the ones you wish to read a little more about by clicking on the titles below.

Apologies in advance if you know about all of these resources – do read on though.

Lynda.com

Free, professional, certificated online courses available to all staff and students – dip in to Lynda for reference, or build your CV by doing courses, get new staff up to speed, teach students skills needed for the task in hand, etc. We’ll be looking at Lynda.com later in the week.

Adobe Products

Did you know staff and students have free access to the most amazing up-to-date Adobe products?  These include Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge CC, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After-Effects CC, Adobe Flash Professional CC, Adobe Audition CC. Contact IT Services about it if you’re interested.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is an audience response system that can be used with live audiences using devices such as mobile phones, tablets, desktops and laptops. It has become hugely popular at ARU, very quickly.

  • Institutional Account opened in Aug 2015 (18 months)
  • 2015-2016 licence 5K, 2016 – licence 15K
  • To date – 341 registered staff users – of those, 257 are active users (1 or more polls)
  • Total Polls in the account 9,559
  • Totals responses to Polls – 336,845

By contrast, another institution who has been using PollEv for 6 years recently provided the following stats: Total users 187, Total Polls circa 1,600, Total Responses 37,000

BoB (Box of Broadcasts)

Box of Broadcasts gives you access to millions of free television and radio programmes, and pretty much any film thats ever been on terrestrial television, for all staff and students to use in their work. You have your own area in which you can create collections, share playlists that you’ve created with your staff and students.  Students can do the same, and use programmes easily in their work. You can even create your own programs by taking bits of other films and programmes and editing them together.

MyPlayer

We have our own YouTube style streaming service, MyPlayer, that you can upload your audio and video to. We have Faculty and unit areas with different levels of security that you can put your media into, and share with who ever you want. All staff also have their own private area that they can upload to. You can also create video/audio and upload directly from your phone.

MyCapture

MyCapture is the server where the output of our Lecture/Room/Personal capture system (Echo360) is stored. Film your lectures, presentations, or make a screen cast using the Personal Capture (screen capture) software we have available, and share with your staff and students. There’s hundreds of videos on there, with thousands of views. Contact IT Services if you wish to use Lecture/Room/Personal Capture.

Library and IT support

Our Library has a number of wonderful resources. It’s not an exaggeration to say that their referencing information is used across the globe. The Library website is a good place to start. This is the direct link to their LibAnswers pages, which is the enquiry service fronted by FAQ’s.

IT Services Homepage

Recently updated,  find links to services, software and much more. Why not go and have a look if you haven’t for a while, and see what’s new.

Anglia Learning & Teaching’s new website

We are committed to supporting, recognising and inspiring all those engaged in learning, teaching and assessment at Anglia Ruskin University. Have a look at what we have on offer, from CPD opportunities to awards and recognition, news and regular events.

iTunesU

Anglia Ruskin University has a channel on the largest aggregator of video and audio on the planet. Search for us within iTunes (if you have access to it, apologies if you do not)  – we’ve had thousands of hits from all over the world for some of our videos. Contact Anglia Learning & Teaching if you have content you’d like to share with the world.

Activity:

First, please complete this very short anonymous survey.

Then choose one of the following, or do them both if you wish:

1. Go to one of the links in the main body of this post, and find something you didn’t know you had access to, or that is interesting that you didn’t know was there, and describe it or leave a link to it in the comments section of this blog posts.

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2. Anglia Learning & Teaching have created the Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) Menu to help you match technology with the job at hand.

How it works:

  • Select a TAB across the top that you are interested in.
  • Then look down the left hand column ‘Approaches to teaching and learning’ to refine your search.
  • Run your eye across to the right and select the arrow in one of the ‘Technology to support and enhance’ sections
  • Click on one of the blue squares to uncover the technology we think you’d find useful in that situation.
  • Post the criteria you searched for and what you found in the comments section of this blog post.

Going Further:

Watch this recent talk about Poll Everywhere delivered by Ian Brown, at one of Anglia Learning & Teaching’s monthly Talking about Teaching seminars and Using Poll Everywhere for Interactivity and Student Engagement presented by Helen Bentham at our 2015 Learning and Teaching Conference.

 

 

 

 

5 mins more…

Well done and thank you to everyone who engaged with the course this week. Don’t worry if you haven’t done all the tasks just yet. There is no time limit on completion of them, though it’s a good idea to keep up to avoid getting snowed under.

If I had more time I’d really like the opportunity to respond to some of the comments you made as they are always informative – thank you for them. I hope everyone is finding time to pass a cursory eye over them at the very least. There was one comment made on Thursday’s post, by John Manning from IT Services, that I would like to bring directly to your attention:

‘Up until recently my last job of the day was to walk round the teaching buildings turning off all projectors and computers left on in rooms (this could be up to 85% of rooms ), even though systems are automatically turned off at 9pm, this was saving up to 4hrs per day 20hrs per week, per room of which we have over 250. So if you are last in a room, please shut down your systems not just blanking them.’

I think we can all learn from that and make an immediate change to our habits for the better. Thanks John!

‘Now let’s take a look at some of your work in… the gallery.’

Well done to everyone who engaged with the course on Wednesday (‘Photography’), I urge you to go back to the comments section and read them if you haven’t already. There’s some fascinating stats and articles in there.

I’ve very much enjoyed looking at your photographs. You’re clearly a talented bunch. Here’s a selection:

These photos were taken by Rhys Frankland (Chelmsford Student Services) on an iPhone 7. Rhys selected ‘portrait mode’ on the camera which created a shallow field of focus, which focusses the eye on the subject, by blurring the background. If your phone doesn’t have that option on it, then Snapseed has a lens blur option that does the same thing.  I’ve added the thirds lines, you should just about make them out. It doesn’t have to be dead on (always go with what you think looks best), but as you can see the photos, do loosely adhere to the rule (and Yum!).

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Some of our Library staff made some great memes. The top one here was created by Clare Young in Chelmsford, the bottom by Liam Herbert. Liam used a Windows phone and added text on the PC with Adobe Spark.

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Fairly dry materials can look interesting if you find an interesting angle, focus the eye with some lens blur, and add text. A good example of this is the following meme which was created by Helen in IT Services (below) Helen said she used an ‘iPhone 6+, using Snapseed (just downloaded it)…. Just took the photo of whatever I could grab at my desk. I cropped it, rotated slightly, applied a linear lens blur and vignette, then overlaid with text.’

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This shot was taken by Sally Cowens from Student Services (Chelmsford) while in Spain on holiday, and edited in Snapseed. The original and the processed one are below:

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Jennifer Little from Student Services (Cambridge) made the meme below using Snapseed –simple and effective – love the angles.

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Inspirational stuff from Sarah Johnson from Estates and Facilities:

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This award-winning photograph was taken by Emma Stokes with an iPhone.

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and the final one taken by Paula Langton in Estates and Facilities, taken with DSLR – I’ve added the thirds lines. Have you started to notice it yet on other photographs, art and TV?

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Digital Citizenship

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Let us consider our responsibilities as digital citizens, as individuals, and as mentors in our personal and professional lives. Whether you’re simply emailing a colleague, or posting comments on social media, downloading and using materials in your work, or even inviting your staff and/or students to work with collaborative tools, it’s always a good idea to be cognisant of what you are doing, how it appears to others, the law, and the importance of setting a good example.

‘A digital citizen refers to a person utilizing information technology (IT) in order to engage in society…’ K. Mossberger et al.

Mossberger, Karen, (2011). “Digital Citizenship – The Internet, Society and Participation” By Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, and Ramona S. McNeal.” 23 Nov. 2011. ISBN 978-0819456069

How to be a good digital citizen

It’s a good idea to have these in mind whether in contact with students, staff or in your personal life:

Who are you? – we should all be aware of how we ‘come across’ whether that is in terms of what you post about yourself, or how you speak to or about others. If the occasion arises, it may be useful to speak to your staff and students about how they want the world, their colleagues, peers and potential employees, to see them.

Passwords – having passwords that are easy to guess not only puts you at risk of handing over your bank details for example, but may also give the keys to nefarious agencies to access University systems. NEVER give you password to anyone no matter how convincingly/nicely they ask you.

Your information – keep your information private, and do not hand it out online. Information is ‘big bucks’ these days, and they will try to get it from you any way they can. Some Facebook users may be aware of questionnaires that claim to ascertain things like what kind of butterfly you are… (!?), or whether you and your partner have compatible star signs. They may appear to be just a bit of fun, but these questionnaires are entirely created to gather information about yourself. It will be saved, and used to build a picture of your habits.

Photographs and what you post/email – it is almost impossible to completely delete what you write or post online. Think about it. You may also be horrified/interested to know that if you have children with mobile phones, your name would be legally associated with anything that phone is used for. Educating children to be good digital citizens is interesting and essential, but we don’t have time for it here, though the topics of online cyber-bullying, sexting and revenge porn are sadly pertinent to all ages.

Copyright – be aware of copyright and your right to use, share, and teach with materials. You should demonstrate this awareness to your staff and students at all times. It’s a good idea to be able to answer rudimentary questions about copyright with your staff and students when asked. Have a look at the links on the ‘Copyright Licenses’ post.

Protect yourself – ensure you have up-to-date antivirus software on your machines – and make sure you take updates to software as they often have security fixes in them. Your staff and students should be aware of this. It’s not just your machine and information you’re protecting.

Activity

Choose one of the following links, and share something that you found interesting/useful/something you didn’t know/hilarious and post a comment about it in the comment section of this post – the link to comments should be at the side of the title of this post if you’re viewing this on the web, and at the bottom if you’re reading this on your email.. Feel free to do more than one.  You must post a comment in order to be eligible for a digital badge.

  • The Guardian has a good piece on deleting history on social media that is worth a read.
  • Google ‘Going Dark’ and find something interesting to comment on. (it’s more the FBI side of things rather than dying your hair links you need.)
  • What happens to your data when you take online questionnaires?
  • Have a look at this page. DO NOT enter any of your passwords into it. However, you may wish to have a play with different styles of passwords, e.g words and numbers symbols, lower and upper cases etc. It’s quite eye opening. Let us know what you had to do to make a password as secure as you can. P.S DO NOT PUT YOUR OWN PASSWORD IN THERE.