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Tattersall Freeman Beecroft & Potgieter - Learn something new in 20 minutes: bite-size sessions for research, teaching and collaboration

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Tattersall Freeman Beecroft & Potgieter - Learn something new in 20 minutes: bite-size sessions for research, teaching and collaboration

  1. 1. Learn something new in 20 minutes: bite-size sessions for research,teaching and collaborationAndy Tattersall, University of Sheffield, a.tattersall@sheffield.ac.ukJenny Freeman, University of Sheffield, j.v.freeman@sheffield.ac.ukClaire Beecroft, University of Sheffield, c.beecroft@sheffield.ac.ukUrsula Potgieter, University of Sheffield, u.potgieter@sheffield.ac.ukNowadays the environment in universities and other large knowledge organisations isincreasingly pressurised with busy staff finding it increasingly difficult to make timefor training, even when it might enhance their role and enable them to work moreefficiently. We have pioneered an innovative, minimal-cost solution that encouragesstaff to engage with new technologies that could enhance their potential as researchersand their abilities as lecturers, as well as increase the skills-base of support staff. It isbased on one very simple idea, that whilst individuals may not be able to spend hourstraining, they can spare 20 minutes during the mid-afternoon for a quick coffee break.We give a weekly 20 minute presentation using a variety of technologies such asPrezi, videos and voting tools for interactive demonstrations, along with an optional10 minutes for questions and discussion. As an added incentive we provide freecakes! The ‘Bite-sized’ sessions have been designed to cover various topics relating toteaching and research practice, with a strong emphasis on web 2.0 and emergingtechnologies and innovations. Bite-Size actively seeks out sustainable technologiesthat can address staff needs and solve organisational problems usually for no cost.Topics so far have included Google Docs, social networks, rss, the use of the SocialWeb to promote research, and the use of electronic voting systems in lectures. Thesessions act as both a demonstration and a signpost to further resources- they are verymuch about planting seeds and ideas.The poster will explain the key ingredients that make up Bite-Size, the structure andformat of the sessions, the content that has been covered to date and the targetaudience. In addition we will present research that we have undertaken to evaluate theBite-Size sessions and discuss its future direction including podcasting sessions andnew topic areas.

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