Have you heard of the mannequin challenge? Or perhaps, like me, you’ve been oblivious to the ripple effect of this viral internet gimmick.
I first unwittingly came across it last Sunday when my 13 year old son urged me to watch a video on his phone. Begrudgingly I set aside my own project and mentally committed giving him some quality attention for – well, at least 2 minutes. My own needs beckoned.
I’m sure most of you have heard about digital downtime or device-free time. All for the benefit of easing our overloaded brains and nurturing our F2F* or IRL** relationships. I’ve heard of digital detoxes, including resorts specialising in this area (I thought it was just a place with no wifi!) In fact, the digital detox has become a whole industry! However the digital detox has been one-upped by the term digital nutrition. Continue reading Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing→
Academia.edu is often seen as the academic alternative, but there are also benefits to maintaining a profile on LinkedIn, one of the world’s fastest growing social networks. That’s why the Career and Employment Service are holding a LinkedIn profile review Clinic for staff on Monday 18 July!
Newcastle University recently sent a message to all staff warning of the dangers of walking and texting, after ‘numerous’ staff have been treated for smart phone and walking related injuries. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on this communication recently and some perplexed, if not bemused reactions to the issued safety alert by staff and students.
Welcome to a new series in Watercooler, Pet Therapy.
In the Learning and Teaching Centre, we are animal lovers and the majority us have pets. Those who don’t, have honorary pets. By that I mean someone else’s pet who you consider yours or visiting wildlife that you consider a bond with.
What’s that old adage about teaching a man to fish? Associate Professor Melanie Bishop was recently honoured with a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for her work in enhancing student learning through active approaches – including setting up a ‘mock fishery’ in her classroom! We asked Melanie to share some of her teaching experiences.
Last semester I presented to the Faculty of Arts on Web 2.0 technologies for Higher Education. A few people expressed interest in a repeat session so I thought I’d open it up to the broader University community on Monday 20th July.
How do your students stay in touch with developments in their future professions while they are studying? How do they make those important connections with other academics and professionals working in their chosen field? Embedding social media into your learning design can help with this, and much more.
While prominent scholars such as Professor Snarky and the Lego Academics are already harnessing the power of Twitter for connecting academic communities, Twitter is also a valuable tool for university teaching. There are a multitude of ways to use it, but here are three simple ones to try.