Author Archives: Sue Beckingham

About Sue Beckingham

An Educational Developer with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.

Quick tip on how to disable autoplay of videos on Facebook and conserve your data allowance

Image source: Pixabay You may have noticed videos within Facebook posts, automatically playing in your news feed.  Watching videos (and streaming music) tend to use quite a bit of data, so you may want to consider your options. You can … Continue reading

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Using Google Alerts for your research

Did you know that you can easily monitor the web for content  and be notified of the results by using Google Alerts? Start by simply choosing a key word that is relevant to the topic you wish to research. If … Continue reading

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Let me tell you a secret… Tips from a Journalist on blogging

 Image source: Pixabay I recently attended a workshop led by Sue Featherstone (Journalist and Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University) on the secrets of blogging which was put on for the new student bloggers who are volunteer content managers. These students will capture … Continue reading

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How public is your private information on social media?

Identity theft is a form of stealing someone’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, usually as a method to gain access to resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s … Continue reading

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The History of #Hashtags from humble # sign to hyperlinked verb

Image source: Flickr Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. People use the hashtag symbol # before a … Continue reading

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Why you need to consider blogging as a pedagogy to facilitate learning

I was inspired by a blog post written by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (known as @langwitches on Twitter) which begins by saying “Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY” It made me consider … Continue reading

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Social Enlightenment: What enterprise wide use of social business ‘could’ look like

Image source: Jive Social Click on the image to enlarge “Overcome the suffering that email, legacy systems, and archaic processes bring. Let go of your frustration with not finding answers. There’s a path to enlightenment for every part of your company.” … Continue reading

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Is there truth in the psychology of colour or is it simply down to personal taste?

Image source: Wikipedia How we use any of these colours in our lives can be very personal. From the way we dress, decorate our homes or even prepare food; we each may have different preferences to colour combinations. What pleases … Continue reading

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Introducing Tweet Chats

So what’s a Tweet Chat? A TweetChat is a virtual meeting or gathering on Twitter to discuss a common topic. The chat usually lasts one hour and will include some questions to stimulate discussion.  In order to be able to … Continue reading

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Getting Started with Twitter

Below is a screencast outlining 26 tips for getting started with Twitter. The slides can be accessed via SlidesShare here and downloaded. They have a Creative Commons licence so may be re-used with credit. Screencast [slides with voice over]

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