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Technology Enabled Research


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Technology Enabled Research

  1. 1. Dr Rachel Cowen , Research Staff Trainer, University of Manchester Mr Alex Hardman , E-Learning Developer, University of Manchester
  2. 2. About us
  3. 3. Objectives for today <ul><li>Explore the digital world and how researchers can use it to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>develop their reputation through a digital identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keep on top of literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extend your research connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
  4. 5. Mechanical Age
  5. 6. Mechanical Age Electronic Age
  6. 7. Mechanical Age Electronic Age Digital Age
  7. 8. Social bookmarking/ referencing Wiki’s RSS Podcasting (sharing audio) Blogging/ micro-blogging Chat Slide sharing Searching WE CAN create, publish, broadcast, connect, share, search User generated recommendation
  8. 9. Video: The Machine is Us/ing Us <ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>What are your top five tools and activities in terms of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do you do? </li></ul><ul><li>What software do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>What hardware do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you do it? </li></ul>
  10. 11. My personal digital space Information : Writing : Word Finding : Google Blogging : Wordpress/ Blogger Presenting : PowerPoint Recording : Soundbooth Video : Premiere Bookmarks : Delicious, Citeulike Communication : Writing : Email Talking : Mobile/ Skype/ MSN Texting : SMS/ Twitter Learning : Google, twitter, blogs, forum, web confs, email lists Dissemination : Twitter, Blog, SlideShare Where : Office Coach/ Train Home Conferences
  11. 12. <ul><li>What research activities do you currently do and what tools do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think technology can be used to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group or project communication and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research dissemination and wider community engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways in which you present yourself and your work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collection and analysis </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Your life as a researcher <ul><li>Academic outputs (papers etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development (formal and informal learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
  13. 15. Digital Identity <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>What did you find? Are you happy with it? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it up to date? Does it showcase you and your research? Is it personal or professional? Could it be improved (if so how?), Pleased…disappointed…worried!? </li></ul>
  14. 16. Manchester web profile
  15. 17. h-Factor Web link:
  16. 18. Developing your digital identity - 3 examples of useful tools <ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing PowerPoint presentations, disseminating your research to a wider audience, comments on your slides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The latest news, ideas, conference back channel, social and work, community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter in plain English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top reasons to use Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection, archive of research, peer critique, disseminating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal / research area? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual / collective? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs in plain English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top reasons to blog </li></ul></ul>
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  19. 21. Blogs - Things to ask yourself <ul><li>Does your research field have active bloggers? </li></ul><ul><li>Setting one up is easy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getting your blog on the digital map </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Developing a digital identity
  21. 23. <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Social Referencing (think Endnote + Web2) </li></ul><ul><li>Most cited </li></ul>
  22. 24. RSS “ R eally S imple S yndication”
  23. 25. enables other sites to Subscribe to that information
  24. 26. What does Subscribe actually mean?
  25. 30. The Internet & Higher Education Open Thinking Educational Technology, Research and Development ALT-J The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Innovate: Journal of Online Education British Journal of Educational Technology
  26. 31. Social Referencing
  27. 37. Staying on top of hot topics in your area Most downloaded Most cited
  28. 38. <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Communal lab operating procedures/ </li></ul><ul><li>experimental methods, </li></ul><ul><li>shared project ideas, minutes etc </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki’s </li></ul>
  29. 39. Our online presence <ul><li>Training Team </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Alex </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>