Bite Size Technology Sessions to
Support Research, Teaching and
Collaboration

Andy Tattersall
University of Sheffield
a.t...
ScHARR
• The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
specialises in health services and public health research
• Sc...
A growing problem
• Too much choice – which one is best?
• Too little time – too much time wasted
• Lack of awareness – la...
The importance of managing your references
and other information sources for your
research bid and project
“Insanity is doing
the same thing
over and over
again and
expecting
different results”.
Albert Einstein

03/02/2014 © The ...
It’s all in the timing

A Solution?

Used under a Creative Commons By Attribution Licence Some rights reserved by Akash_Ku...
Location
Location
Location

03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield

Used under a Creative Commons By Attribution Licence...
“All mankind is
divided into three
classes: those that are
immovable, those that
are movable, and those
that move.”
– Benj...
The Ingredients
Informal promotion via
email, blogs, Google+
and in house posters
Informal interactive
presentations from ...
Planting seeds

03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield

Image used under a Creative Commons By Attribution licence Some ...
03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield

Copyright Go!Animate.com
http://goanimate.com/movie/0RhjoHpSyveg/1
03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
Structure
20 minute session 10
Minutes for questions
Guest speakers from across
the university
Slides made available and
r...
03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
The story so far
• Started in Autumn 2010
• 70 previous Bite Size sessions - including
Google Docs, Prezi, PowerPoint tool...
The Research Excellence Framework, supervising
PhD students, what the Teaching Support Unit
can do for you, Scirus scienti...
Elsewhere
Feedback
The evaluation

54 Respondents, including a few PGT and PGR students (25% staff approx)
03/02/2014 © The Universi...
Do you think attending short sessions such as Bite
Size is an effective way of learning new ways of
working?
Yes: 50
Not S...
Has attending a Bite Size session helped you
with your work, research or teaching?
Yes: 35
Not Sure: 14
No: 5

03/02/2014 ...
What do you think of the duration of the
sessions?
Too Short: 7
Just right: 47
Too long: 0

03/02/2014 © The University of...
How important is it for you to learn about new
developments, tools and websites for your job or
study?
Not Important: 0
Pa...
They are good, quick intro to a new
tool. Because they're given in person
you have the chance to ask questions.
I like the...
The model elsewhere

03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield

http://minimasterclasses.wordpress.com/ [Last Accessed 03/0...
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At the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at The University of Sheffield we run an innovative series of informal 20 minute sessions that are about planting seeds and changing minds. The sessions have two clear strands, one focused on teaching and the other on research. The remit is not to teach people how to use something in their work or study but to let them know why they could use it and how they can learn more about it. The evidence shows that this organic approach is working - staff and students are starting to use many of the tools that Bite Size has covered. Any kind of widespread change within organisations can be hard to deliver, but by bringing champions on your side, good practice and ideas can spread naturally. Now that Bite Size is established with over 70 unique sessions, running the twice-yearly programme has became much easier. With support from an administrator and curation in the two themes of research and teaching by two of the team, Bite Size now only requires approximately a few hours every month to co-ordinate, yet the results have been excellent.

Bite Size grew from the idea that there were new and emerging in-house and external technologies and tools of which many staff and students at ScHARR were unaware. Added to this was the fact that the University is home to a multitude of experts in several areas of technology, research and teaching who are all keen to speak to colleagues about different ways of working or pointing out existing resources and services. Started in late 2010, previous sessions have covered a variety of topics including Google Apps, Screencasting, Prezi, Social Media, data security and the Cloud. Bite Size is open to all academic and support staff in addition to students. Presenters come from all across the campus with a variety of speakers with backgrounds in teaching, research, administration, technology and research. Initially sourcing speakers was quite challenging but due to the success of Bite Size finding new topics and speakers has become less of a chore as the sessions become more widely known which means there are now staff volunteering to run sessions- it seems to have helped foster a culture of sharing which will hopefully stand Bite Size in good stead for the future.

Bite Size runs on alternate Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week to ensure that part-time staff can attend at least some of the sessions. The sessions are advertised on ScHARR Library's blog and Twitter feed in addition to the University of Sheffield's social media platforms including Google+; as well as via colourful posters across the department. Add enticing Bite Size cakes to the mixture and a ten minute question and answer session at the end, and the results have been extremely positive. A Bite Size questionnaire highlighted that the sessions are positive in promoting new ways of working with over 90% of respondents saying the sessions had been effective in teaching them new skills.

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UCISA - Changing Landscapes - ScHARR Bite Size Presentation

  1. 1. Bite Size Technology Sessions to Support Research, Teaching and Collaboration Andy Tattersall University of Sheffield a.tattersall@sheffield.ac.uk 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  2. 2. ScHARR • The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) specialises in health services and public health research • ScHARR concentrates on postgraduate teaching and delivers a teaching and learning portfolio based on research-based, international, multi-disciplinary and world-class curricula 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  3. 3. A growing problem • Too much choice – which one is best? • Too little time – too much time wasted • Lack of awareness – lack of application 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  4. 4. The importance of managing your references and other information sources for your research bid and project
  5. 5. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Albert Einstein 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Image used under a Creative Commons By Attribution licence Some rights reserved by thematthewknot
  6. 6. It’s all in the timing A Solution? Used under a Creative Commons By Attribution Licence Some rights reserved by Akash_Kurdekar 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  7. 7. Location Location Location 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Used under a Creative Commons By Attribution Licence © Some rights reserved by Grey World http://bit.ly/MpUiVr
  8. 8. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” – Benjamin Franklin 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Used under a Creative Commons By Attribution Licence © Some rights reserved by DonkeyHotey http://bit.ly/MQTDNH
  9. 9. The Ingredients Informal promotion via email, blogs, Google+ and in house posters Informal interactive presentations from a mixture of academics, technical, clerical and professional staff Staff, PGR and PGT students welcome and… cakes 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  10. 10. Planting seeds 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Image used under a Creative Commons By Attribution licence Some rights reserved by John Tann
  11. 11. 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  12. 12. 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Copyright Go!Animate.com http://goanimate.com/movie/0RhjoHpSyveg/1
  13. 13. 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  14. 14. Structure 20 minute session 10 Minutes for questions Guest speakers from across the university Slides made available and recordings uploaded to Google Site, YouTube, iTunesU and Vimeo 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  15. 15. 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  16. 16. The story so far • Started in Autumn 2010 • 70 previous Bite Size sessions - including Google Docs, Prezi, PowerPoint tools, professional social networks, uSpace, Echo360, Pubget, Research Net Contribution, Assessment Methods, Screencasting, Wikis, Electronic Voting Systems, Senate teaching awards, Google Scholar, Mendeley, rss, social media, Google Apps, voice works, data copyright and the Cloud, MOLE 2, mobile phone apps, video capture. 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  17. 17. The Research Excellence Framework, supervising PhD students, what the Teaching Support Unit can do for you, Scirus scientific search engine, Google Maps for Research, Plagiarism, Medline, Cinahl, what ScHARR Library can do for you, interactive whiteboards, creating effective posters, how to give a memorable presentation, research costing, Google Drive, data security, iTunesU, Blackboard Collaborate, CMS, digital copyright, marketing, research data management, open access, information overload and many more 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  18. 18. Elsewhere
  19. 19. Feedback The evaluation 54 Respondents, including a few PGT and PGR students (25% staff approx) 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Image used under a Creative Commons By Attribution Licence - Some rights reserved by kev.flanagan
  20. 20. Do you think attending short sessions such as Bite Size is an effective way of learning new ways of working? Yes: 50 Not Sure: 4 No: 0 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  21. 21. Has attending a Bite Size session helped you with your work, research or teaching? Yes: 35 Not Sure: 14 No: 5 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  22. 22. What do you think of the duration of the sessions? Too Short: 7 Just right: 47 Too long: 0 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  23. 23. How important is it for you to learn about new developments, tools and websites for your job or study? Not Important: 0 Partially important: 17 Very important: 37 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield
  24. 24. They are good, quick intro to a new tool. Because they're given in person you have the chance to ask questions. I like the social (cake and tea) aspect of it. meeting other colleagues you might not know Short, focused, interactive, entertaining I really like dipping into a topic I would otherwise not have learnt about. FEEDBACK It's short, there is cake, and if the topic isn't of immediate use to you then you don't feel like you have wasted time learning about it. 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield Great idea, like the cakes, wish I'd thought of it, but reassured to see that it is genuinely not easy to get researchers to take time out.
  25. 25. The model elsewhere 03/02/2014 © The University of Sheffield http://minimasterclasses.wordpress.com/ [Last Accessed 03/02/2014]
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