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August 29, 2008

Playing with WHASPs

Follow-up to PGA EAPP Workshop 2 from When I grow up I want to be a Librarian!

Ok, so I need to get my project proposal together for the PGA in E-learning and Christine has sent me a link to an earlier Info Skills project put together by our very own Richard Parker (Team Leader for the Library Arts Team) for his WELA project. It is called WHASP (Warwick History of Art Skills Program) and I am working my way through chunks of it this morning to see how it works.

I have finished the first activity and at the end the user is asked to complete a short piece of reflective writing about what they have learned - this reflection is added into a box at the end of the web page for the activity and then it uploads directly to the student's own Warwick blog - how clever is that??!!!!!

Even better, Richard has added a tag, so that when it uploads to the blog, he can search Warwick Blogs for the tag and instantly get back any student posts which were added as a result of the WHASP package. Ideal for evaluation purposes.

I'm going to add some notes to the box at the end of activity 1 and see what appears on my blog. There may be a few blog entries coming over the next week or so which are direct from WHASP. . .

July 01, 2008

Library Blogs

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I have just read the post over on BasementJack and it reminded me that a while ago I was considering trying to revive and revamp the old blog that the Science Team here at Warwick used to maintain before I came.

Library blogs are Warwick have been used to great success in some areas, for example, for supporting students using bibliographic management software blogs have been great. When we have RefWorks there was a RefWorks blog and now that we have EndnoteWeb, there is one for that.

Other blogs, aimed at specific subject areas have also been used (like our old Science Team one) and I think there could be space for improvement in getting these into shape.

I've discussed with the team the possibility of getting blogs back up and running for us (they have not been used since the staff who set them up left about 2 years ago). I wonder if having a set of blogs to cover specific subjects, rather than one general Science blog would make them more relevant to readers and make their usage more likely.

In some subjects we have quite notable web presence on the departmental sites, most impressively at the Medical School, where Sam Johnson (BioMed Librarian) is mentioned in the right hand column of many of the pages which deal with course materials.

I wonder if there is the option of RRS feeding subject-specific blogs onto departmental web pages? Potential content could include:

  • Details of training sessions/drop ins being offered
  • New titles received
  • E-resource trials
  • Hints on how to use different web services
  • Useful links
  • Requests for book suggestions

Any views?

Would you be interested in a subject-specific Library blog?

September 13, 2007

Web 2.0 meeting

On 12th September Jenny Delasalle presented a range of Web2.0 technologies to the department and encouraged discussion about how they could be used by the Library in a range of ways. This is a quick run down of what she went through. . .

June 22, 2007

Question Mark Perception Training

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The team I work in is currently hoping to create some e-learning tools, online tutorials and tests/quizzes to go with them.

On June 14th Sam and I went to the training session for the ?Perception software, which allows you to create quizzes and even set them in exam conditions. It records who has logged in, when and how long for. It tracks answers given to questions, gives students feedback on answers (if you want it to) and can limit the number of times any one person can take a test or exam, or limit the amount of time the test is available on line to any given student or group of students. Its pretty impressive.

Uses for this kind of functionality within our work relate to the teaching and examining of Information Skills courses. We run a range of sessions and workshops throughout the academic year, including basic inductions, specific software and database training and even Information Skills courses which are examined as part of the credit that students get towards their degrees (obviously exam conditions are required for these!)

The sofware is not as easy to use as our own in-house Quiz Builder software (developed by Warwick University as part of the Site Builder web-authoring package) but it does have some additional functionality.

To be honest, the only real advantages of ?Perception are in the range of question formats it allows a user to create and a few handy extras, like the ability to count scores up as you go. Also it can do a few funky things, like present the questions in a random order, or randomly select a number of questions from a bank so that students dont get all the same questions or dont get them in the same order. Whether or not this extra functionality is worth all the additional work to create the quiz, I'm not really sure. And in the training session I did have great difficulty getting some of the question formats to give the correct score outputs - which makes things very frustrating.

Maybe with further practice all will become clear. In the mean time I will await the Librarians on the team to decide what direction our e-learning tools will take. I think it will be a great thing to get involved in, whichever software we go for, and whatever form it may take.

May 06, 2007

Registering with Google

Follow-up to Technorati from When I grow up I want to be a Librarian!

I am working on a (non-library-related) web site for a family friend at the moment, and she is concerned about how to market it when it finally gets up and running (it is taking rather longer than expected).

By way of research (and just playing with online stuff in the middle of the night) I have just registered this blog with Google. Apparently this may or may not mean that it gets added to Googles index, and that may or may not happen any time soon. And I also don't know how I will know either way about either thing. But I suppose it is worth investigating in the name of research for when I launch the web site I may or not finish in time.

May 04, 2007


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I have just added this blog to Technorati. My understanding is that Technorati is a searchable web catalogue of active blogs. You choose whether to be listed or not (and the process of adding your blog seems easy, but took me about 5 attempts) and you choose, I think, which of your entries are made available via it. You send a "ping" (see Netlingo for what seems like a reasonable definition)  with each entry you want Technorati to know about. 

Technorati also ranks the blogs listed there, I am ranked 676,464 today (this changes all the time). I think this means that 676,463 blogs listed on Technorati have more other blogs linking to them than mine has. Initially this number can make you feel a little insignificant, but when you realise that (today) Technorati tracks 79.2 million blogs world-wide, you begin to get the bigger picture.

Hopefully adding it to Technorati (starting to sound like a silly word as I have used it so many times in this entry already) will increase traffic to my blog - thats the idea - makes it easier to find. You can also add tags to your blog so that people searching for your topics get pointed in your direction. 

I will track this with Google Analytics, but I think Technorati do a bit of that for you as well - I'll have to look into it. Anyway, I'll be interested to see if adding the blog to Technorati - (I really have typed it too many times now) actually does increase page views.

Anyone else used T......?

April 21, 2007

I'm on facebook

Follow-up to Facebook from When I grow up I want to be a Librarian!

Well, I am now registered on Facebook and have been using it to contact all kinds of people, from those I see everyday anyway - work colleagues and my flat mate for example, to people I havn't heard from in years, such as old housemates from Uni.

For the uninitiated, Facebook is basically some free web space you can sign up for to communicate with your mates (or just random people you find there) online. You can send messages, add photos and write on eachothers "walls" (which is like a really basic blog - kind of).

There are some interesting groups on there made up of Warwick students and some of them are surprisingly childish and lacking in imagination. I guess that access to all this exciting and spangly technology is no longer a thing of wonder, and is fast becoming a way to kill the time for anyone who wants to excell in work avoidance tactics.

There are a lot of groups which are really quite impressive, such as The Great Facebook Race (there are now 3 groups for this, boys, girls and British) - do look them up if you have a spare minute. Another interesting one is Random Acts of Kindness - although some of their suggestions for such random acts are a bit dubious.

Anyway - how does this relate to Chartership?

Well, it is yet another new means of e-communication that I am making myself familiar with, it also gives me an opportunity to see how the Library is viewed by students, there are groups on there which relate directly to the Library and to student opinions of it. There is also an academic librarians group - which I will probably join - and I'll see what other groups there are which may be relevant.

I am, however, also using it a social tool, and will continue to do so.

Warwick e–learning award

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I've just seen this blog entry and I hadn't heard of the Warwick e-Learning Awardbefore, but I am now quite interested in looking into it - as if I don't have enough to do with my Chartership!

I'll add more details when I've checked it out.

April 19, 2007

WMG e–learning event

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Today was the WMG Engineering E-learning event and myself, Jen and Lindsay went over to meet academics and generally talk to people about how the Library can help.

I feel that things like this - although not presentations, are good experience for me in my quest to learn how to keep my nerves when speaking in public - so I plan to be involved in as many as possible!

I really enjoyed this event, we spoke to a lot of people, I didnt expect so much interest, and I felt that we did tell them things they didnt know before and they were helpful things. I left with a few notes of things to look up and email to people later and a few notes on comments people made about our web site and services. It was all very useful.  

It was also good to talk to the people on the stand for Questionmark Perception as we are currently looking at creating online tests for our students to complete following information skills courses. 

Other points of interest were the Pod-casting stand and the Personal Response System stand - impressive stuff.

The only thing that wasn't great was that the laptop had a touch pad and I found that quite tricky to control and we did loose the wireless connection a couple of times - I think I'll try to remember to take a mouse next time.  

But any event where you can get your hands on those fantastic mini pizzas and divine chicken skewers that Warwick Hospitality do is worth attending! 

April 17, 2007


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Wikipediawas recently recommended by the Education Secretary, Mr. Johnson,  as “an incredible force for good in education” he also said “Wikipedia enables anybody to access information which was once the preserve only of those who could afford the subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica and could spend the time necessary to navigate its maze of indexes and content pages” (source Timesonlinearticle).

I wonder if Mr Johnson has ever tried to navigate EB? presumably he didn't try very hard.

What's really amazing is that he said this at a conference for the National Association of Schoolteachers and Union of Women Teachers(NASUWT)  -  I hope they laughed.

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