Author Archives: Sue Beckingham

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.

Easy listening – A collection of higher education podcasts

What is a podcast A podcast is an audio programme that can be listened to on your computer, smartphone and other mobile devices. Podcast is a portmanteau, a combination of ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’. POD is also described as ‘portable on … Continue reading

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The inaugural issue of the Journal of Social Media for Learning

The first edition of the Journal of Social Media for Learning – Conference Special Edition has now been published. The #SocMedHE19 conference took place at Edge Hill University in December 2019 led by Dawne Bell and Sarah Wright. Presenters were … Continue reading

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The 6th Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Event #SocMedHE20

This year things are a little different but the annual Social Media for Learning in Higher Education event will take place! This year it is led by the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow and will be online as a Tweetposium … Continue reading

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Suggestions to help prepare for using online breakout rooms as learning activities

Groupwork is a valuable part of a student’s experience as it gives them the opportunity to work with peers and develop more confident teamwork and communication skills (amongst many other skills). In the classroom this activity can take place by … Continue reading

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Using Wakelet collections and spaces to curate personal and collaborative compilations

Wakelet 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 add an … Continue reading

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Building a taxonomy for digital learning

The QAA have published this useful article Building a taxonomy for digital learning that aims to build a common language to describe digital approaches of teaching and learning. Building a Taxonomy for Digital Learning defines and assesses the most common terms … Continue reading

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Getting started on Zoom and some tips on using it for teaching

For many Zoom video conferencing has been the go to tool for online meetings. Users using the free version have a 40 minute window. The Pro version allows you to sign in using your work credentials (user name and password).  … Continue reading

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Digital accessibility health check: points to consider

At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long term illness, impairment or disability. Many more have a temporary disability ( Making a website accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as … Continue reading

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Things you may find useful when using Twitter that you might have slipped past you!

As the old saying goes “Every day’s a learning day’.  Social Media including Twitter seems to be always changing things. Whilst introducing new features in the main can be useful, they sometimes pass you by.  For me it was saving … Continue reading

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Guest post 2: A Remote Learning Guide written by Students for Students: How to ensure your remote learning experience is effective, supportive and fun. #shuSMASH

This is a second guest post written for students by students Matty Trueman, Kai Ackroyd, Curtis Alexis-Jones, Gagan Warinch and Eimantus Lukocius. We are final year students at Sheffield Hallam University. Intro The way students learn remotely is becoming more … Continue reading

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