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.

Placement showcase: Chelsea Zahra

Over the summer, we have been in the fortunate position to be able to employ a number of students on Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme placements.  You may have seen a number of posts from Rachel Glover, who has been working … Continue reading

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‘Sharing Good Practice’ event: conversations and observations

The ‘Digitally Ready for the Future: Sharing Good Practice’ day celebrated some of the great work that is being done and the culture of innovation which enables it, in various areas across the University. There was so much to get … Continue reading

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RU Digitally Ready, at HEA conference 2012

This week was the HEA conference in Manchester.  I was presenting a Digital Literacies workshop, called RU Digitally Ready? The theme for the conference was Great Expectations, something which I believe sums up the potential mindset of our incoming students … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy workshops for students (pilots)

This week I have been lucky enough to be working with the 1st year students from the School of Systems Engineering in their post-exam period.  We run a number of workshops and presentations for them during this period, and colleagues … Continue reading

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Developing digital literacy: trial and error?

An ongoing longitudinal study “Digital Visitors and Residents” has found “that learners develop a variety of digital literacies often through a social trial-and-error process, without the direct support or advice of their educational institutions” (press release, report (pdf)). This is … Continue reading

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What can social media do for me?

Thanks to CSTD and DDT for organising a session on use of social media, with a focus on Research Staff (although appropriate to others, as well).  The session was two and a half hours, including lunch, with presentations from Justin … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy elements of PELeCON ’12

Last week, I attended the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference, or PELeCON for short.  I want to summarise the bits I felt most relevant to ‘digital literacy’ here, on the Digitally Ready blog.  I will post it in two parts… The … Continue reading

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Evaluation, adaptability and meta-evaluation

(Adapted from the Agile software development poster) As part of the Digitally Ready project, we have recognised that the digital landscape (i.e. the tools, software and systems available and in use) is changing at an unprecedented rate. This not only … Continue reading

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Sarah Porter, head of innovation at JISC, shares her view of the future “Seven predictions for our technology-enabled universities”

The JISC Inform online magazine carries a useful insight from Sarah Porter, head of innovation at JISC, in which she shares her view of the future to help you think strategically. The original post is under HEFCE copyright, which grants … Continue reading

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The Open Researcher – a case study (not at UoR)

Jennifer Jones is a busy PhD student, journalist and researcher working for institutions in the Midlands and the west of Scotland. She shares her experiences, learning and findings online, and maintains a massively busy schedule. JISC inform has an article … Continue reading

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