Thing No 13: Presenting your research

As I mentioned before regarding Prezi, the message has to be clear and concise whichever tool is used to present it. I loved the ‘Steal this presentation’ presentation, great advice.

Slideshare is something I’ve looked at before and liked it as a way of sharing presentations, and so good that people are prepared to share their knowledge and expertise this way. Sharing and collaboration are a huge part of the 23 research things, what a long way we’ve come since the inception of the internet (and I’m old enough to remember when it began!)

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Thing No 12: Digital (social media) curation and content aggregation

It’s interesting that some of the tools that have been created to save us time seem to lead us further down paths that take up more time! There’s so much out there to explore it seems..I joined Pinterest a while ago mainly to follow house design ideas, looking at it again it’s a great visual resource for looking at items held by the Victoria and Albert museum for example. Feedly and Learnist I hadn’t come across before. These tools seem more suited to personal interests than sharing academic research (?)

Thing No 11: Web conferencing and communication tools

I hadn’t used LYNC before coming to ACU but it seems to work well, I’ve used Skype a bit while travelling, obviously the quality of that experience varies greatly according to the internet connection. But it’s free! Ok for personal communication but in a work situation clear and reliable communication is essential.

Something Ned Potter said in a recent blog post was relevant to all of this talk about communication: So if you have a set of views, and you find others who share them, then you can DEVELOP those views rather have your rough edges smoothed off and your rebellion derailed... So I don’t think we can really bemoan our fragmented profession – in a way it should always have been like this, but people couldn’t find each other so easily before. 

I also just read that: The open source web conferencing system, BigBlueButton, has been made available within MoodleCloud sites with a seamless integration in the Moodle platform making it simple to open a quick session for up to 6 users with full video, audio, whiteboarding and presentation support.

It seems that integration of these tools together makes a powerful package.

Thing No 10: Using images

Instagram is something I’ve used for a while as a phone app but I learned from this that it’s web based as well which is great, because it’s always annoyed me that you can’t zoom in to images on the app. One of the great things about these image banks is the creation of special interest groups who share their resources, which is obviously the advantage to researchers.

Thing No 9:Survey tools

I’ve never used Qualtrics before but have created surveys in Survey Monkey in the past, which worked well but obviously didn’t have the sophisticated reporting and distribution options, and the ACU branding that comes with Qualtrics.

I created a silly survey in Qualtrics just to see how it worked, you can see I’ve just come back from holidays: https://acu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9vt7tRpMVq7OZmZ

 

Thing No 5: Social media for researchers

I read Tim Hitchcock’s article: Twitter and blogs are not add-ons to academic research, but a simple reflection of the passion that underpins it. I like the way he talks about the use of Social media by researchers as a reflection of their passion for their subject area, and as a collaboration tool.

By building blogging, Twitter, flickr, and shared libraries in Zotero, in to our research programmes – into the way we work anyway – we both get more research done, and build a community of engaged readers for the work itself.  We can do what we have always done, but do it better; as a public performance, in dialogue amongst ourselves, and with a wider public.

The best (and most successful) academics  are the ones who are so caught up in the importance of their work, so caught up with their simple passion for a subject, that they publicise it with every breath. Twitter and blogs, and embarrassingly enthusiastic drunken conversations at parties, are not add-ons to academic research, but a simple reflection of the passion that underpins it.

I joined Facebook and Twitter I think as part of a Web 2.0 exercise a few years ago, and even though I find them annoying at times I like the way breaking news appears there first and you get immediate updates on all sorts of topics.

Thing No 4: File sharing

I hadn’t come across Cloudstor+ before and was very impressed at the amount of free storage available there – I’ve passed that info on to my partner who works at a university, does research and hadn’t heard of Cloudstor+ either. I’ve used Dropbox at another workplace and also to share videos and photos with friends. Another personal file sharing service I’ve used is Wetransfer https://www.wetransfer.com/ You can transfer up to 2 GB free, good for photos or video clips and the receiver doesn’t need an account to open them.