[MEDIA] Contribution re Teenagers and Mental Health for @ChurchTimes

The other week I was asked to provide maximum 600 words re teenagers and mental health for The Church Times. Obviously my specialist area of knowledge is the digital, so I took that as my angle, and it appeared in this week’s edition. Thanks to my mum for the spot, and the social media crowd who sent me screenshots, etc. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in Continue Reading →

Top Tips for Running a Church Website with @Reform_Mag

‘Reform is a fresh and challenging magazine exploring theology, ethics, personal spirituality and Christian perspectives on social and current affairs’ published by the United Reformed Church. They asked what my top tip was for an excellent church website, and I said: Reflect the church you are Ensure that your website reflects the church that it serves; visitors should not be shocked by a disconnect between what is “advertised” and what they experience. This means that Continue Reading →

30 tips for successful academic research and writing

Helpful blog here re: choosing your research: As part of preparing for a workshop on academic publishing for early career academics, I jotted down some ideas and tips to share with the group which I thought I would post here. In the process of writing 12 books and over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters over a career which has mostly been part-time because of juggling the demands of motherhood with academic work, I Continue Reading →

Media Training: Video Camera

Video Presentation: Good Presentation Skills Stand Remember your audience Draw people in with stories Get people (your subjects) involved so they own the interview. Destinations – think about where you’re going before you start the sentence/interview. Keep it brief. Especially for Academics Many academics have worthy messages to communicate = boring. Avoid your ‘inner vicar’/worthiness Add glitz = tie it in with some kind of personal anecdote. Why are they interested in you…(and not someone Continue Reading →

Slideshare: Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris introduced me to Slideshare via Linked In, and I have found it an extremely helpful tool in linking me to a number of presentations that others have put up, providing great material which when pulled from a variety of sources, can provide great material for lectures – and more specifically – for putting forward the pedagogical rationale for Blended Learning/the use of technology in learning (I’m a big fan of making the technology Continue Reading →

Educause: Blended Learning

“Blended or hybrid learning, an instructional delivery mode in which instruction is conducted partly online and partly face-to-face, has emerged as one of the fastest-growing and most successful instructional models to deliver flexible learning options for today’s learners. Its ability to be customized to fit learners’ diverse needs and to be designed to accommodate a variety of content places blended learning courses and programs in high demand. Developing a comprehensive faculty development program on how Continue Reading →

Blogging for Business

We are all familiar with the term “Blogging”. By now there are millions of Blogs online covering all matter of subjects and industries. If you can think it, there is probably a Blog about it. Blogging has become so popular… It now extends far beyond the “online diary of my cat”, and into the business world. Blogging has become a great knowledgebase resource for business, both to educate the world on your products or services, Continue Reading →

Social Media: Informal Learning?

Jake Ross answers questions on informal learning. Is it real? Does it benefit small companies? How does it relate to the web? An interesting video which gives an idea as to why didactic learning no longer works. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…