Tag Archives: Social Media

The mannequin challenge: have you clocked this viral trend?

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.

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Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing

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

Time to get LinkedIn? Profile Clinic for Staff 18 July

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!

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Warning! Danger, Will Robinson! Footpath ahead!

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.

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The student in the driver’s seat: Melanie Bishop on teaching

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.

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Connecting students with professional worlds through social media

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.

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