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Technology Enabled Research Handout


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Handout to support 2 hour training session "Using Technology to Enhance your research". Delivered to research staff

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Technology Enabled Research Handout

  1. 1. Using Technology to Enhance Your Research<br />Participant handout<br />Workshop Facilitators:<br />Dr Rachel Cowen – Research Staff Trainer, University of Manchester<br />Mr Alex Hardman – E-Learning Developer, University of Manchester<br />TODAYS SLIDES CAN BE VIEWED AT:<br /> Using Technology to Enhance Your Research<br />14.00 – 16.00<br />11th November 2009<br />Contents<br /> TOC o " 1-3" h z u Task 1 – What is Your Personal Space? PAGEREF _Toc245617662 h 3<br />Task 2 - Technologies in research PAGEREF _Toc245617663 h 4<br />Task 3 - My Digital Identity PAGEREF _Toc245617664 h 5<br />Task 4 – Create a Blog Post PAGEREF _Toc245617665 h 6<br />Task 5 – Slide Share PAGEREF _Toc245617666 h 7<br />Part 1 – Creating and uploading the presentation PAGEREF _Toc245617667 h 7<br />Part 2 – Embedding the code into the blog PAGEREF _Toc245617668 h 8<br />Task 6 – Social Referencing using CiteULike PAGEREF _Toc245617669 h 9<br />Part 1 – Finding and adding the reference PAGEREF _Toc245617670 h 9<br />Part 2 – Exploring the social features PAGEREF _Toc245617671 h 9<br />Optional task extension PAGEREF _Toc245617672 h 9<br />Task 7 – Using RSS PAGEREF _Toc245617673 h 10<br />Part 1 – Find RSS feeds PAGEREF _Toc245617674 h 10<br />Part 2 – Adding the feed to an RSS reader (This example uses iGoogle) PAGEREF _Toc245617675 h 10<br />Optional Extension Tasks PAGEREF _Toc245617676 h 10<br />Further Reading PAGEREF _Toc245617677 h 11<br />Links PAGEREF _Toc245617678 h 12<br />Science based social networks PAGEREF _Toc245617679 h 12<br />Blog tools PAGEREF _Toc245617680 h 12<br />Online Referencing Tools PAGEREF _Toc245617681 h 12<br />Task 1 – What is Your Personal Space?<br /><ul><li>What are your top five tools and activities in terms of:Finding informationCommunicatingWhat do you do?What software do you use?What hardware do you use?Where do you do it?</li></ul>Task 2 - Technologies in research<br /><ul><li>What research activities do you currently do and what tools do you use?How do you think technology can be used to support:Group or project communication and collaborationResearch dissemination and wider community engagementConferencesWays in which you present yourself and your workData collection and analysis</li></ul>Task 3 - My Digital Identity<br />Search for yourself did you find? Are you happy with it? 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!?<br />Task 4 – Create a Blog Post<br />Go to <br />If you haven’t already signed in, do so using the email address and password that has been provided in the training <br />Click “New Post” <br />In the “Title” type in “Blog post by “your first name”” <br />Describe your research in 50 words or less<br />Click Preview to view your post<br />Click Publish Post <br />Click “View Blog”<br />Task 5 – Slide Share <br /> Create a PowerPoint presentation containing one slide and embed it into a blog <br /> Part 1 – Creating and uploading the presentation <br />Open PowerPoint <br />In the first slide add the text “SlideShare Task” and another line of text anywhere on the slide<br />Save the presentation to the desktop as “SlideShareTask – Your Name.ppt” <br />Go to <br />In the top right click “Login”. Use the email address and password that has been provided in the training to login.<br />Click “Upload” (in the tabs across the top of the page)<br />Click “Browse and select files…” <br />Navigate to the desktop and select the “SlideShareTask – Your Name.ppt” file <br />Click the “Publish All” button <br />Slide will display the following message “Your slideshow 'Slide Share Task' is being converted and will be published shortly. You can see its current status here. ” Click on the “here” link<br />Once the file is ready click on its title <br />To the right of the presentation click on the Embed code <br />Right click and select “Copy” <br />  <br />Part 2 – Embedding the code into the blog <br />Go to <br />If you haven’t already signed in, do so using the email address and password that has been provided in the training <br />Click “New Post” <br />In the “Title” type in “Embedding a presentation from SlideShare – Your Name” <br />Click “Edit Html” <br />In the body section right click and paste the code in from part one <br />Click Preview to view your post<br />Click Publish Post <br />Click “View Blog”<br />Task 6 – Social Referencing using CiteULike<br />Add a journal article to the CiteULike referencing web site<br />Part 1 – Finding and adding the reference<br /><ul><li>Go to Google and search for “Defrosting the Digital Library”
  2. 2. Click the relevant link in the Google search results (hint it should be the top result and is held in the PLoS journal)
  3. 3. Scroll down the page until you see a section called “Share this Article” (hint it is on the right hand side of the screen)
  4. 4. Click the CiteULike icon
  5. 5. Login to CiteULike using the username and password supplied
  6. 6. In the tags enter “citation” “social” (hint separated by a space and without the quotes)
  7. 7. Click “Post Article”</li></ul>Part 2 – Exploring the social features<br /><ul><li>Hover your mouse over “MyCiteULike”
  8. 8. Click on the link “Library”
  9. 9. The bottom line of the reference will say something like “posted to social citation by tech4trainers on 2009-11-10 09:59:23 as ** along with 192 people and 17 groups”. Click on the link that says “along with 192 people and 17 groups” (Hint the exact wording link may be different)
  10. 10. Click on the group “eLearning in Leicester” (Hint this will be highlighted in pink)
  11. 11. Scroll down and click on the title of any article of interest (hint if none are of interest just pretend ;)
  12. 12. Click [copy] to add this citation to your library</li></ul>NOTE: There are many features of CiteULike that are beyond the scope of today’s session. For instance you can watch groups and users and be alerted when they update their libraries; you can create a group and invite others to upload their references; you can export lists to endnote and other reference softwares. <br />Optional task extension<br />Register for your own CiteULike id and add references from your field. Look for any groups and users who have also uploaded the same references<br />Task 7 – Using RSS <br />Using RSS to keep up to date with information on the web<br />Part 1 – Find RSS feeds<br />NOTE: Any site that has the following symbol has an RSS feed <br /><ul><li>Go to
  13. 13. Scroll down and click on  “RSS ”
  14. 14. Click on “ Funding News”
  15. 15. Click on the URL (web address), right click and select copy</li></ul>Part 2 – Adding the feed to an RSS reader (This example uses iGoogle)<br /><ul><li>Click on
  16. 16. Sign in using the password and username provided
  17. 17. Click “Add Stuff”
  18. 18. Click “Add feed or gadget” (Hint it is on the bottom left of the screen)
  19. 19. Paste in the link and click “Add”
  20. 20. Click “Back to iGoogle home” (Hint it is top left of the screen)</li></ul>Optional Extension Tasks<br /><ul><li>Set up your own Google account
  21. 21. And/or
  22. 22. Repeat the above process with feeds from one or more of the following:
  23. 23. Upcoming courses on our website
  24. 24. A search on the CiteULike website for “Open Science”
  25. 25. The feed from
  26. 26. The top 20 cited articles in the subject area of ‘Medicine’ on the Scopus website ( )</li></ul>Further Reading<br />Should you be tweeting?<br />Cell, Vol. 139, No. 3. (30 October 2009), pp. 452-453.<br />by Laura Bonetta<br /><br />How People are using Twitter during Conferences<br />(May 2009)<br />by Wolfgang Reinhardt, Martin Ebner, Günter Beham, Cristina Costa<br /><br />It's good to blog <br />Nature, Vol. 457, No. 7233. (25 February 2009), pp. 1058-1058.<br /><br />Why Blog<br />AJ Cann<br /><br />Connect Project<br />How do you connect to people online?<br />D’Arcy Norman<br /><br />(See also the contributions)<br />From the Blogosphere<br />Nature 457, 762 (12 February 2009)<br /><br />Defrosting the Digital Library: Bibliographic Tools for the Next Generation Web<br />PLoS Comput Biol, Vol. 4, No. 10. (31 October 2008)<br /> By Duncan Hull, Steve R. Pettifer, Douglas B. Kell<br /><br />Links<br />How to…<br />JISC’s Web 2 guides (Social media, Twitter, Podcasting, RSS, Collaborative writing)<br /> <br />Common craft ‘in plain English’ series (great short videos about twitter, RSS, blogging, etc)<br /> <br />Science based social networks<br />Nature Network:<br />Method Space: <br />Want your own social network? See <br />Presentations<br />SlideShare – <br />Blog tools<br />Blog search engine:<br /> compiles lists of blogs from relevant areas<br /> : blogs about peer reviewed research<br /> : blogs about science<br />Online Referencing Tools<br /> <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Academic Multimedia<br />Journal of Visualised Experiments (JoVE) - <br />SciVee – Rich Media Scholarly Communication - <br />RSS Readers<br /><br /><br />