Author Archives: patparslow

About patparslow

I am a researcher in the School of Systems Engineering, working in the fields of social media, digital identity and learning. I have previously worked in IT training/education, land survey, civil engineering, IT support, and as a software engineer.

Letters to Santa – connected systems, training, communications

Thank you for your wonderful letter.  As Communications Elf, I am very keen on the use of social media for internal communications.  

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Letters to Santa: Compatibility and consideration

Thanks for your letter. Yours, Communications Elf.   PS Only kidding, but I thought I should be keeping it brief! I think it is important that people act with consideration.  There is a theory that the ‘keyboard divide’ can help … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa: Risk taking and innovation

Thank you for your marvellous letter.  Santa says that he would love to help, and help improve the approach to risk taking and innovation.  It is particularly lovely that you combines this wish with one to help reduce risk by … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa: Innovative e-learning practices

Thank you for your lovely letter.  Santa says we should all be trying to share knowledge of good practice more, so others can benefit.  There certainly are people experimenting with new teaching methods around the University, but it is not … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa: Local initiatives

Thank you for your lovely letter.  Santa is obviously very busy at this time of year, but he has asked me to reply, in my role as Communications Elf,  on his behalf.  I think your wish is a very sensible … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa: A ‘can do’ culture

Hi, Santa has asked me to reply to your letter.  I am so sorry to hear that you have had to use the CMS, I and many other elves’ hearts go out to you. Upskilling is what we are all … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa: Time and opportunity to experiment and learn

Dear Devoted Helper, Thank you so much for your letter, which I think highlights some wants and desires shared by many of us!  We will certainly do our best to share examples of practice.  Please do let us know of … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa

As Maria mentioned, we ran a workshop on Monday, gathering information for our baseline report, including some identification of existing opportunities for improvement.  It should be noted that we specifically asked the workshop attendees to focus on things which could … Continue reading

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Interesting conversations

I’ve recently been involved in some interesting conversations about digital literacies and how people go about acquiring them.  All these have one key element in common, which I will draw out at the end of the post. I was chatting … Continue reading

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Provision of new services/Changes in digital services

Maria and I had a useful meeting with Helen and Ruth from the library the other day. The library already provides a lot of literacy and digital literacy training, of course, and I was particularly struck at how well they … Continue reading

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