A Curtain Raiser on Technology!

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Tuesday 26th March sees the return of the Technology Roadshow!

After the success of the last event held in the HUB, we are back in the University Library to showcase the latest technology developments with Learning Edge, the campus wi-fi, mobile apps and electronic library resources.

We would be delighted to talk to you about technology; let us demystify some of the things you’ve heard about but don’t know how to use, and let us help you get started using technologies maybe you haven’t heard of yet!

Some of you have said you would like to know how to do such things as:

  • sync my emails?
  • easily log into Learning Edge?
  • get the course notifications I want?
  • download journal articles and eBooks?
  • save shortcuts to the library and my subject pages?
  • watch videos or listen to podcasts?
  • find online journals and articles?
  • build a reference using the Discover More ‘cite’ tool?
  • find useful apps?
  • connect to wi-fi on campus?
  • find a PC to use?
  • forward my Edge Hill emails to a personal account?

Tell us what you want to know about Learning Edge, Campus Pack, Mobile Learn, the PC Availability Finder, Library Anywhere, Ebrary, Collaborate and anything ells you want to know about technology to support your learning.

Come along to the University Library; we will be located on the ground floor between 11am and 2pm, just ask at the desk on arrival if you’re not sure where to find us.

If you’re not on campus on the 26th March to speak to us in person, we’ve got that covered too!

You can contact us during the event (and beyond) via our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be using the #EHUmobileclinic hashtag so if you have something to say or a question to ask about using technologies for your studies please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you!

Photograph of Martin Baxter

 

 

 

 

Martin Baxter

Learning Technology Development

Discover Free to Use Software

In today’s climate when the cost of things seem to be on the increase, it can be a relief to hear about something with the potential of making your studies more affordable.

We all know how software can help us with our studies.  Occasionally we need to purchase specific software to do a particular task, such as word-processing to write an essay or editing software to develop a project…

…but do you know about Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) that you can download and use?  Software that may do exactly what you want and more to help with your studies.

We’ve taken a look at some software and believe it can benefit most people in a number of situations, software that is affordable, accessible, assistive and flexible.

Programmes assembled in to portable collections so that you can use them with almost any computer anywhere.

In certain cases you can handpick from several items tailoring the software bundles to your individual needs.

All this including technical support, guidance and regular updates from reputable software developers and providers within the freeware and open source communities.

Discover more about free software by visiting us here: ehu.ac.uk/freesoftware

Martin Baxter - LTD Officer

Martin Baxter

(Learning Technology Development)

Personalising Your Web Browsing Experience Accessibility Adjustments.

As you will no doubt be aware a web browser is a program that allows us to view web content on the internet, covered recently by John Langford in his blog ‘Demystifying Web Browsers’.

However, more often students want to do more than just view online content, they want to view it in a way that suites them.

So, and as you would expect, technologists have come-up with ways to help you, by finding solutions that have a positive impact on your browsing experience.

With the recent improvements to Edge Hill University’s website and the availability of ICT across campus, Learning Services recognise that our students may want to personalise the way they see, hear and interact with the information provided and to improve access to it.

Firefox and Internet Explorer LogosThrough a series of guides, Learning Services is pleased to assist students as they study and so they can begin to customising their browser settings in such a way that makes viewing web pages easier.

Other guides are being produced and will be made available so that all students can start to discover for themselves other ways to interact with websites and web content.

The first of these quick guides are now available on eShare click on the links below to learn more.

http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/1327/1/LTD5009.pdf
http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/1327/

http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/1329/1/LTD5010.pdf
http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/1329/

Leave a comment let us know your thoughts on these and similar resources you would like to see.

Martin Baxter
Learning Technology Development

AccessApps – a powerhouse in your pocket

They say that good things come in small packages and that’s certainly the case with AccessApps, and furthermore it is free!

AccessApps consists of over 60 open source and freeware Windows applications which run from a USB stick. If you don’t have the AccessApps USB stick don’t worry, you can still take advantage of the freeware available by downloading it to your own USB stick.

AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.

Step-by-step guides and video screencast tutorials explain how to download and install AccessApps to a USB stick with guides in alternative formats, as well as tutorials to get you started using the apps.

To download AccessApps visit the EduApps website and choose the Download link from the menu bar (http://eduapps.org/).


Martin Baxter
Learning Technology Development

Emerging Technologies Staff Development Monday 21 November 2011 – The Right Image For Blackboard

Want to learn how to make your images more accessible?

By optimising them you are creating a resource which is both less demanding on Blackboard and eShare storage and also more usable by your intended audience.

Image optimisation is using the most compressed (smallest file size) which remains visually acceptable for the specific role of the image.

This session aims to demonstrate some simple techniques to optimise images using Microsoft programmes.

Book on to this session by emailing Staff Development.

[email protected]

LINC to your expectations

I am interested in finding out what you know and feel about the facilities in the Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC Building) and in particular the TV studio and edit booths. If you are a returning student and have used these facilities in the past, will you continue to use them? If not please comment.

Comments are invited on the current provision including the level and relavence of the facilities.

What do you expect from the Learning and Innovation Centre and the facilities it provides?