Libraries Week is coming soon to Catalyst!

This year Libraries Week is taking place 7th-12th October 2019. The theme this year of Libraries Week is celebrating libraries in the digital world. This gives us the chance to celebrate our fantastic library housed in Catalyst and explore how digital technology is being used and what technology is available for you.

Throughout the week there will be a variety of sessions, exhibitions and online support available to both staff and students at Edge Hill. The aim is to improve digital literacy skills, create an excitement around using technology and use it to its advantages. 

Take a look below at the sessions and exhibitions taking place and how to book on.

Students

Getting Started

Join our Student Advisors and discover how to navigate your new student homepage (MyEHU) and get the most out of Learning Edge and your My Library tab.

Weekdays 12pm-12:30pm – Book now via CareerHub.

Finding Your Resources

If you’re new to EHU, or just want a refresher after the summer break, join our Student Advisors for a virtual guided tour of your basic online resources, including Library Catalogue and Reading Lists.

Weekdays 1pm-1:30pm – Book now via CareerHub.

Staff

Cultivating A Growth Mindset with Digital Technology

Growth mindset, a learning theory developed by Carol Dweck, revolves around the belief that you can develop and improve your ability and performance as a result of establishing a positive mindset that encourages growth and positivity. In this session staff will explore how having a growth mindset can also empower digital transformation. This session will enable staff to try out new digital tools and find the benefits of using technology in different ways. 

Monday 7th October 11am-12pm – Book now via MyView.

Wiki: Updating and personalizing the Wiki

This session aims to introduce staff to the Wiki and guide them through updating and personalizing it according to their specific department. This session will look at creating a clear structure on your Wiki pages, creating a main page, adding a colour scheme and sourcing high quality professional images and photographs. 

Tuesday 8th October 2pm-3pm – Book now via MyView.

Annotating the Web: Encouraging Collaboration

This session will discuss different strategies and methods of making notes about online articles and webpages, considering ways in which technology can be used to make annotating the web more efficient and beneficial. Through the use of online pieces of software, we can now annotate the web, highlight key phrases and colour code our notes.

Thursday 10th October 12pm-1pm – Book now via MyView.

Students and Staff

Virtual Reality

Experience the Virtual Reality technologies that are being used extensively in the healthcare, sports, entertainment and engineering industries; during this exciting Libraries Week event you will have the opportunity to experience using a VIVE™ virtual reality headset and be immersed in a 3D gaming environment where physical space is irrelevant and the impossible can appear possible.

Tuesday 8th October 12pm-2pm – Catalyst Events Space

3D Printing

Learn more about the 3D printing technologies used to rapidly produce prototypes within the aerospace, medical, automotive, fashion and construction industries; this hands-on makerspace event held during Libraries Week will include an opportunity to design and print your very own 3D bookmark to take away.

Friday 11th October 12pm-2pm – Catalyst Events Space

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Catalyst and get involved in Libraries Week.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #librariesweek

What’s the word? Digital Workplace Technologies Feedback

We believe that listening to staff feedback is vital! It helps us to shape our sessions, develop new and exciting initiatives and respond to your needs and interests.

The Digital Workplace Technologies offer has now been active for over 6 months. During this time we have worked hard to develop a comprehensive and responsive offer, that has been adapted to suit staff’s digital needs and technological advancements. This year the current Digital Workplace Technologies offer has been restructured and refreshed in order to provide all staff with a clear pathway to increase and enhance their digital knowledge and capabilities. Learning Services aims to provide staff at Edge Hill University with a high-quality learning and development experience, enhancing staff digital capabilities through a variety of staff development sessions, online guides and resources.

So, what’s the word? Since launching in early 2019, over 350 members of staff have attended sessions and 100% of staff in the online feedback evaluation form said that ‘Overall the session’s objectives were met’. This is great news to hear and we are glad that we are making an impact!

Statistics about Digital Workplace Technologies,

Feedback has been a vital way in order to gather ideas, collate data and further develop the offer.

Staff have made the following comments about sessions that they have attended:

Feedback - "Excellent and beneficial for supporting 
students in my role"

"Great session and already booked for my next one"        
"Excellent session. I will be able to take the skills I have learnt and apply to my job role"

As a result of the feedback received, changes have been made to the structure of sessions, amount of participation and length of activities.

Also, due to staff feedback even more sessions have now been added! Some of these include: ‘Digital Participation: Encouraging Student Involvement’; ‘Word: Mail Merge 2016’; ‘Visio: Learning the Basics’; ‘Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Digital Technology’ and ‘Annotating the Web: Encouraging Collaboration’.

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

Written by: Laura Riella,

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Hello to Scopus!

We’ve been evaluating our academic literature databases over the Summer and learned there has been a steady drop in the use Web of Science, a multidisciplinary citations database. To see whether an alternative may work better, we ran a trial of Scopus during July.

With over 23,500 serial titles and 75 million items, Scopus has a broader reach than Web of Science, indexing more academic journals and also couples a clean interface with features such a suite of data visualisations for your search results. Additionally, it works better with Pure, the University’s research information repository.

The Trial

During July we set up a trial subscription to Scopus – this was a big success! We received lots of requests to subscribe and the platform earned favourable comparisons with popular tools like Google Scholar (you can see some comments here).

The Decision

Given that Scopus received such positive feedback from staff and students, and has improved scope and usability, we have taken a multidisciplinary approach and decided to move from Web of Science to Scopus. As such, access to WoS will cease at end of September and we will have Scopus live from 16 September.

All students and staff will be able to access Scopus, and we are confident you find it a big improvement. We are arranging training for mid-November, and our ‘Literature Search for Research’ session is already available for booking via MyView. If you have any saved searches or alerts from Web of Science which you would like to transfer across to Scopus, please contact liam.bullingham@edgehill.ac.uk for support with this.

Staff Development Fortnight

Following our very successful June Academic Staff Development Fortnight, Library and Learning Services will be offering sessions again between the 2nd and 12th of September 2019.

Staff Development Fortnight - 2nd to the 12th of September

Staff Development Fortnight is designed to update your skills and knowledge of the support we offer – from Research Support to Student Engagement, and everything in between. Sessions include: Copyright, Beautifying Blackboard, Reading List Workshop, Disability Support and Assistive Technologies and Using Panopto and Ally.

All sessions can be booked now via MyView. For further information please see the Learning Services Wiki and the timetable below.

Information about the sessions can also be found here on Issuu.com, in our interactive timetable.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us to learn more about the support we can offer and update your skills!

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact your Academic Engagement Specialist.

We look forward to seeing you in Catalyst in September.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Summer Assessments

Summer is flying by already and we’re counting down the days to the start of the new term. Many of us have been enjoying the summer sun, but spare a thought for your fellow students who have upcoming assessments!

Assessments will be taking place at our Ormskirk and Manchester St James’ campus, and we’ll have lots of support in place to help you prepare and perform your best.

As always we have 1-2-1 appointments available at both our campuses which you can book here.

From the 19th – 23rd August we will have free fruit and revision booklets available on the ground floor of Catalyst and in the Library at our Manchester St James’ campus.

In the lead up to your exam take some time to read the advice on our UniSkills webpages. You’ll be able to find checklists, tools and techniques to support your studies.

We’d like to wish anyone who has a summer assessment the best of luck!

Upcoming Digital Workplace Technologies Sessions

Are you looking to boost your digital skills? If so, then there are a range of Digital Workplace Technologies sessions taking place throughout August and September.

These sessions aim to boost staff’s digital capabilities, developing staff into digitally proficient learners and thinkers.

Take a look below at the upcoming sessions, including a brief summary of the session and dates/times. All sessions can be booked on MyView.

Digital Mindfulness

The modern world is a hyper-connected digital place where everything is just a click away and is available 24/7. Digital mindfulness promotes the presence of mind and is defined as the conscious awareness and acceptance of present experience. This session will provide staff with the opportunity to apply this approach to our use of digital tools and technology, evaluating why it is important to be digitally mindful.

Digital Mindfulness. Session taking place Tuesday 13th August 10am-11am.

Tuesday 13th August

Word: Formatting Long Documents

This session will focus on using the features of Microsoft Word to put together long documents or formal reports, including using styles, creating tables of contents and applying section footers and working collaboratively with master documents.

Word: Formatting Long Documents session taking place Tuesday 13th August

Tuesday 13th August  

Excel: Advanced

This practical session will show staff how to perform complex sorting, filtering and sub-totalling lists of data, along with creating and manipulating pivot tables.

Excel Advanced session taking place Wednesday 14th August 3pm-4pm

Wednesday 14th August

Making Documents Accessible

It is important that when producing documents using Microsoft Word that you follow a few simple steps to make sure that your document is accessible by all users. This session will consider how to reach all of your audience, how to make effective use of accessible communication formats (also known as alternative formats), how to add Headings and Subheadings, add alternate text (Alt Text) for images and use tables wisely.

Making documents accessible session taking place on Monday 2nd September

Monday 2nd September

Project Management

This session will be a key starting point for staff wishing to gain more knowledge about how to collaborate with colleagues using project management software. This session will cover project management software such as Trello and Microsoft Project.

Project Management session taking place Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Friday 6th September and Thursday 26th September

Using Kahoot

This session will introduce staff to using Kahoot, a game-based platform that can be used for quizzes and games. Popular in educational institutions, Kahoot can also be utilised with staff members as a way to encourage group participation, gather feedback and conduct surveys.

Using Kahoot session taking place Thursday 19th September

Thursday 19th September

Getting The Most Out Of Outlook

This session will introduce staff to useful features in Outlook email and calendar that can enhance productivity and organisation. By the end of the session staff will be able to categorize their emails and calendar events, set up follow up messages on emails, create and schedule appointments and meetings and add meeting notes using OneNote.

Getting the most out of Outlook session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Eventbrite

This session aims to introduce staff to Eventbrite, an online event management and ticketing website. By the end of the session staff will be able to create events, manage and track attendees and promote the event using the custom design features.

Eventbrite session taking place Friday 20th September

Friday 20th September

Sway

This session will cover the basics of using Sway, a presentation software available as part of Office 365. Staff will learn how to navigate the application, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish their finished presentations.

Sway session taking place Monday 23rd September

Monday 23rd September

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps

Instagram is a popular and simple way to capture, edit and share videos, photos and messages. A photo and video sharing social networking platform, Instagram is a great way to share eye-catching and stunning photographs with your followers. This session will introduce staff to some simple tips and tricks that will allow you to take stunning photographs and introduce you to some beneficial camera apps to further improve your photography skills.

Instagram Hacks, Photography Skills and Camera Apps session taking place Tuesday 24th September

Tuesday 24th September

Alongside face-to-face sessions, there are also a range of online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses on the Learning Services Wiki pages.

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

Written by: Laura Riella, Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Tips From a Third Year

Hi, my name is Dylan and I’m a Student Advisor for Learning Services.

I work alongside the team to support students in utilising the library’s resources and aiding with academic support such as referencing. As I have just graduated I thought I would pass on some advice to other students, irrespective of their year of study, to talk about lessons I’ve learned from studying at Edge Hill.

What would you tell your first-year self?

I’d tell my first-year self many things, but one of the main pieces of advice would be to join a society. I didn’t join any during my time at Edge Hill, but some people have met life-long friends through them. They’re also great for teamwork and communication skills, which is essential for employment as a student and a graduate! In your first week on campus you’ll be invited to the Welcome Fair where you can sign up to as many as you like.

What do you wish you’d known when starting at Edge Hill?

I wish I had known about the extensive UniSkills workshops that Learning Services host. After attending these as part of my role as a Student Advisor I can see how the workshops are valuable to all students with writing essays, dissertations, locating resources and referencing. If I had known how beneficial they were I would’ve definitely attended them earlier.

What has been the most rewarding part of your degree?

Watching myself progress, both academically and personally, has been the most rewarding part of studying. Meeting new people, taking part in extra-curricular events and studying with like-minded students has raised my confidence immensely. If it wasn’t for the help of my peers, my tutors and my colleagues, I don’t think I would’ve progressed into the person I am today. I look forward to seeing how much more I can develop when faced with new challenges in my postgraduate studies.

What has been the most challenging part of your degree?

Sticking to a schedule has always been the most challenging part for me. Having deadline after deadline approaching (especially during my third year) can make managing time difficult. When I do stay on track (sometimes even just for a day), I feel as though I’ve achieved more. It reduces my stress levels in the run up to my assignment submission dates too. Finding your own schedule that works for you could be your answer to reducing stress! The UniSkills webpages have useful resources for time management if you struggle with this too. 

What has been the most rewarding part of being a Student Advisor?

Being a Student Advisor has meant that I can work closely with other students and share my knowledge. I found it really rewarding to help students, whether that be regarding their assignment planning, referencing, or more generally such as sharing my own student experience with them. I have enjoyed meeting and chatting with prospective and current students at Edge Hill who all share the same passion for the University and for their subject area. I’m excited to use the skills I have gained whilst working for Learning Services in further employment.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their degree at Edge Hill University?

I have three pieces of advice!

  1. I would advise people to make use of the facilities and services around them, whether that be Learning Services, Student Services, Wellbeing or Careers. These services are here to support all students, and have been created with you in mind, so take advantage of them!
  2. Don’t be worried! Starting university can be a daunting time but everyone at university is in the same boat. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people and initiate new friendships, the other person will be glad that you started up a conversation.
  3. It is important to remember to enjoy this part of your life as it will be over in a flash! But, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t neglect your studies. Finding an even balance between studies and social life will benefit you in many ways.

Good luck to everyone who will be starting their University journey in September and to those continuing their studies!

Written by: DYLAN BOOTH

BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Student Advisor for Library and Learning Services

Scopus trial

Why choose Scopus - thumbnail | Elsevier

Throughout July we have a trial to Scopus, the World’s largest curated abstract and citation database.

Scopus is excellent for literature reviews or seeing what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, books chapters and more for any subject.  It has advanced tools to visualise your search results, showing how trends have changed over time. There are many other ways researchers use it too, such as assessing the research performance of a person, journal or university.

Access
Access Scopus on-campus at Scopus.com. The trial runs throughout July 2019 and is scheduled to stop at the end of the month.

Tutorials
These videos show what you can do with Scopus

What do you think?
Please let us know what you think about Scopus (good or bad) here. Your views will inform our decision making beyond the Summer.

Case Study: Microsoft Sway

What is Microsoft Sway?

Sway is part of the Microsoft Office 365 package and can be used to create presentations, newsletters, portfolios and many more. A story-telling app that allows you to combine text and media, Sway is a powerful and versatile product that can be used in many different ways.

The below case study, will look at how a member of staff at Edge Hill University used Microsoft Sway to create a Faculty Newsletter.

Name:

Louise Habberfield

Department:

Education

Role:

Faculty Partnership Officer

Why did you decide to use Microsoft Sway?:

We wanted to introduce a faculty newsletter as a way of improving communication across the Faculty. I was looking for a way in which I could present key information in an appealing way but as well monitor readership and engagement rates.

What have you created as a result?:

The end result was a faculty newsletter distributed to all staff. Since it was distributed I have had other colleagues from across the institution approach me to ask what software I used, would I recommend it etc and that it was impressive.

What have you liked about Microsoft Sway?:

I really value the analytics I find that helpful to report on to the management team. I also like the way the text is displayed and appears interactive.

Would you receive further training on Digital Workplace Technologies?:

Yes, absolutely. There are always new things to learn, I consider myself quite computer literate and thought I was ok, but there is always new software and little tips to make working life easier!

Upcoming Sessions

If you are interested in using Sway to create a presentation or newsletter, then please take a look at the upcoming sessions. The session aims to guide staff through how to navigate the application, how to add, edit and embed material, and how to publish their finished presentations.

The next session takes place:Thursday 25th July – 11am-12pm

Book your session on MyView here.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

 

Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator

Achieve a digital badge

As part of the Digital Workplace Technologies offer, staff have the opportunity to achieve a digital badge for each pathway that they complete. These pathways have been specifically designed to allow staff to enhance their knowledge in that area in more depth. Alongside face-to-face sessions, there will also be online guides, videos and links to useful LinkedIn Learning courses that will allow staff to be independent learners.

After attending the sessions as part of the pathway and engaging in discussion, you will receive a digital badge and personalised certificate that recognises that you have completed this pathway.

Case Studies

Please see below some case studies from members of staff who have successfully completed one of the pathways and achieved a digital badge.

Kate Munday

Student Journey Project Officer, Student Experience Team

Laura has been a passionate advocate of the digital workplace technologies and is able to tailor sessions to individuals needs. You are given the basic tools to explore the software, in a practical, hands on manner.

The digital collaboration pathway explores functionality of different programmes that have a focus on project management.  As part of the Students Systems workstream I support internal teams through management and implementation of change projects.  This pathway has given me a broader range of knowledge on software which encourages collaborative, project work.  In completing the training sessions I have been able to approach projects from a different angle using new, digital workplace technologies.


Emma Walker

HR MI & Systems Development Advisor, Human Resources

I attended both the Microsoft Teams and Project Management courses hosted by Laura Riella w/c 20th May 2019. This was my first week at my new job, and these sessions were recommended by my manager. 

HR uses Microsoft Teams for the majority of communication methods and project work, so it was vital I learnt how to use this quickly and effectively. The session was laid out really well, with a clear explanation of how/ why this is used, handy hints and tips provided, and a chance to ‘have a go’ yourselves at the end. I found it tailored well to both new users (like myself) and several colleagues who were there to learn how to get the most out of this technology. 

The Project Management session was particularly useful for me, as part of my role requires the organisation and ongoing maintenance of various HR System projects. Understanding how to use both Microsoft Project and Trello gave delegates the option to choose which one suited their working style best. Advantages (and potential disadvantages) to both were highlighted – and Laura was really helpful in discussing how this could relate to our specific departments/ goals throughout the session. 

Personally, I found that MyTeams and Trello compliment each other really well – and have already created several project groups and assigned tasks via this technology. I’ve found that this has helped me organise my work efficiently, encouraged collaboration across the HR team and inspired other team members to do the same! The Digital Collaboration Pathway was an invaluable part of my introduction – though I’d highly recommend to all staff members.

Stay up-to-date with our latest developments on our blog and WIKI.

Photograph of Laura

 

Written by: Laura Riella

Digital Capabilities Coordinator