Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes 23rd May 2012

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Post by Anna
The latest issue of the Research Funding Update can be viewed by following this link

Previous editions of the update can be viewed here

Friday, 25 May 2012

Bite Size is 50!!!! ScHARR Bite Size for Research #26 - Web Conferencing Tools - Location - Cyberspace and Eric Wilkes Room - Thursday 31st May 2.30pm

Posted by Andy

The World is getting smaller, much smaller - in fact there’s no such thing as distance in learning and collaboration any more. Victor Borge once famously said: “A smile is the shortest distance between two people”. That may have always been the case for the real world and now it can be in the online world as well thanks to a multitude of tools and technologies available to us.
Whether it be collaboration, teaching, peer support or just a simple catch up  we now have the technology to do this online with our students and colleagues. The ability for two way communication and the ability to put a face to the voice allows us all to communicate just as if we were in the same office as someone in a different part of the World.
Join Andy Tattersall for this online, interactive session run on Blackboard Collaborate where he  looks at the various options now available in the office, meeting room, lecture theatre or conference hall.
The session will be run remotely in the Eric Wilkes Room, but staff wanting to attend without leaving the comfort of their own office will be encouraged to do so. For those wanting to attend this session whilst sitting at their own desk, can you ensure that you have a headset that will allow you to listen to and possibly interact with the session. A link to the session will be sent out to all staff.

For more information on what Bite Size is, go to:

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

We Love Learning Technologists!

ScHARR Library's Andy and Claire took yet another opportunity to show-off this morning at the CICS Learning Technology Team Meeting. While Andy shamelessly waffled on about the  Collaborate trial we are running, Claire did battle with a Chromebook, Facebook and GoAnimate to flout her poor taste in cartoons:

ILA Beecroft by Claire on GoAnimate

Animation Maker - Powered by GoAnimate. 

Her emergency speaker came to the rescue once more, and they both nabbed a piece of Jo Gilham's homemade ginger cake and legged it before anyone could ask questions.*

*We actually did answer questions, but we try to be as vague and evasive as we can...

Latest Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships

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Post by Anna
Previous editions of the update can be viewed here 

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

ScHARR Bite Size for Teaching #22 - Wednesday 23rd May 2.30pm - Eric Wilkes Room - Dissertation Supervision

Posted by Andy

In this session, the dissertation team will outline a range of new materials that are available to help you supervise masters students.  We will also take and answer questions, so as to provide an opportunity to raise issues and share thoughts about the best way to manage th supervisory process.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Prezify your PowerPoint slides!

 Posted by Anthea

Ever wanted to use Prezi but haven't got the the time to create a presentation from scratch when you have the PowerPoint slides ready to go? Well now you can import your PowerPoint slides into Prezi with just a few clicks! How does this magic work...? Watch this great little video and Prezi will explain it all.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

ScHARR Bite Size for Teaching #24 - IRISS for Staff

Posted by Andy
This Thursday we host an impromptu ScHARR Bite Size for Teaching to cover the forthcoming IRISS series for Staff.
If you are involved in distance learning, or want to know more about IRISS and what it can do for you - please come along to this informal session where we'll show you more, remove any fears you may have about synchronise distance learning and all of the technologies involved. 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Why do old books smell?

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Posted by Anthea

Ever wondered why old books smell so fusty? Well, wonder no more, here's the science bit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2012/may/01/1

A Beautiful Morning in Sheffield!

Saw a Crane AND a Canada Goose on my way in to ScHARR Towers today in Endcliffe Park. What a lovely start to the day. AND it's our inaugural Google+ hangout this afternoon- happy Friday!

Posted by Claire

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

ScHARR Bite Size for Teaching #22 - PhD milestones and Progression, 10th May, Pemberton Lecture Theatre

Posted by Andy

Dear all,

Another week rolls by, and another bitesized hits your inbox. This Thursday Dawn Teare will be talking about Milestones and Progression Targets in the PhD. It will update you on the details of key targets and progression monitoring stages for current PhD students. This will be of interest to current supervisors and those expecting new students to register in the 2012-2013 acdemic session.

As usual, 2.30 start, this time in the Pemberton. You bring your drink and we'll supply the cakes!
See you there.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

A grand day out!

As I type Andy and I are on a jolly today in Birmingham at JISC's Mobile Technologies in Libraries event. As you can see, delegates homed in on the mobile devices available to play with:

Friday, 4 May 2012

Latest Take Five

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Post by Anna

The latest edition of Take Five is packed full of new websites, research funding opportunities,training courses and current awareness.

An archive of the Take Five Newsletter and other research funding updates can be viewed here

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Bitesize: What ScHARR Library can do for you!

Helen and Sonia lead this week's Bitesize on 'What ScHARR Library can do for you!'

The session was well attended and staff learned about the amazing range of services and resources our lovely library offers- including this blog!

Posted by Claire