Author Archives: Sue Beckingham

About Sue Beckingham

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

The four dimensional conference: using social media at conferences

Below is a blog post written by Prof Simon Lancaster and myself in preparation for the Higher Education Academy STEM Conference. I am sharing it here as many of the points raised are of value to anyone attending a conference. … Continue reading

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The ultimate LinkedIn cheat sheet! How to enhance your profile.

LinkedIn facts LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members … Continue reading

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Using Storify as a curation tool to build digital narratives

    Storify is a free tool that enables the user to curate information from social networks to build social stories, bringing together a variety of different media that is scattered across the Web. It provides a space to then … Continue reading

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Experiences of social media in higher education: barriers enablers and next steps #SocMedHE15

Below is the presentation I gave with my wonderful research partners Dr Alison Purvis and Helen Rodger at the 2015 Social Media for Learning in HE Conference #SocMedHE15 at Sheffield Hallam University. We were all also part of the organising … Continue reading

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Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference #SocMedHe15 – A brief snapshot (more to follow)

On the 18th December 2015 the inaugural Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference #SocMedHE15, a one day conference, with pre-conference workshops was held at Sheffield Hallam University. #SocMedHE15 is about the use of social media for learning in … Continue reading

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Using YouTube in Learning and Teaching

With over a billion users across the globe YouTube has become the go to place for finding, watching and sharing videos. YouTube was founded in 2005, and sold a year later to Google for $1.65 billion. The infographic below captures the … Continue reading

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Curious about the Internet of Things? Read on – a short intro. #IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. (Wikipedia). The IoT will provide constant contact with our clothing and wearables, … Continue reading

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Who are you and why should I follow you back on Twitter?

Who are you? Choosing who to follow  My positive engagement with Twitter has a direct correlation with those I am following. I have always said Twitter is only as good as the people you choose to follow. Muireann O’Keeffe reminded … Continue reading

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The anatomy of the perfect blog post

When writing a public blog there is an expectation that someone will read it, however this is not always the case. To increase the chances of your blog being read, there are some useful points to be considered. Whoever you are … Continue reading

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Using word clouds for social collaborative learning

  What is a word cloud? A word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. I am big fan of word clouds and have introduced these to my own students to visually analyse a piece of text and also … Continue reading

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