SHEEN Sharing

A Project of the Scottish Employability Co-ordinators' Network

Specialised communities of practice using Web2.0 AND sharing slides on a blog!

Three areas of relevance to SHEEN Sharing for this post:

    1. It gives direct access to an excellent resource I came across today via Twitter: it was Tweeted as a link by @andypowe11, AKA Andy Powell of EduServ, who I follow on Twitter. Excellent work again, Twitterverse! If anyone involved in SHEEN Sharing wants to join Twitter and start following me, I’ll try to re-Tweet things of interest so you can see them.
    2. The content of the slideshow below I find very interesting. Although the author is talking about the use of Web2.0 to support communities of practice in the form of e-science researchers, I found much of what it said relevant to my investigations into Web2.0 for SHEEN Sharing. Perhaps there are similarities: both involve small, highly specialised and distributed communities of practice. Worth a look.
    3. Last and by no means least, it’s an example of how easy it is to embed a slide presentation into a blog post from SlideShare. SlideShare is to presentations what Flickr is to photos. Free, open access, with community and commenting features, tagging and feeds available. I have a few presentations up there myself. I like the fact that if you click on the big green arrow below, it will take you through the slideshow without you having to click anything else. So far we’ve put our SHEEN Sharing slides on Scribd: scroll to the bottom of the screen for an example of how Scribd slideshows appear in a blog post- interesting comparison?

How I did it: I followed the link Andy sent, watched the slideshow, liked it, bookmarked it in Delicious, first off tagged sheensharing_web2 so it would be available to me for my research, and also appear in the feed in the column to the right, then thought I would embed it directly in the SHEEN Sharing blog to see how that would look.

Straight away saw a “post to WordPress” link under the slides, clicked it, then copied the pre-highlighted bit of code in the second box. I pasted this code straight into a new post here in SHEEN Sharing, hit “Save Draft”, then “Preview”, and was able to immediately see how nice it looks in the blog. Went back and wrote the text you’ve been reading above and below the pasted-in code.

That’s it!

Anyway, just for comparison, let’s see what happens when I embed the Scribd code for our SHEEN Sharing introductory slides in a post (using much the same technique- go to document in Scribd, select “Click for embed”, copy and paste pre-filled code):

View this document on Scribd

Comments welcome!

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Microblogging, Resource sharing sites | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Planning SHEEN Sharing Trials Reprise: All the Info for Those Attending

SHEEN Sharing Tools Trials Planning Meeting at St Andrews University on Monday 6th April

This post contains all the relevant information about the meeting venue, plus some ideas about the agenda. If anyone would like to come and hasn’t yet let me know, please do, just so I can check catering numbers and also know when everyone has arrived on the day. My thanks to Pam Andrew and Pamela Small at St Andrews University for their excellent help in getting this organised.

Date: Monday 6th April 2009

10:30-11:00 Arrival, registration and tea/coffee/biscuits to refresh you after your journey (we’ll get started as soon as everyone arrives).
Lunch will be provided: let me know ASAP if you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarians have already been catered for).
Finish between 15:30-16:00 depending on how much time we need to finish all the work that needs doing.

Venue: St Andrews University
Lochnagar Room, Mansefield Building (Chaplaincy), 3 St Mary’s Place, St Andrews KY16 9UY
Please see maps: Map of main roads into St Andrews | Map showing location of meeting venue: Mansefield Building, St Andrews University | Map showing location of free car parks at St Andrews University

– Travelling by rail:
St Andrews University is a 20-25min taxi journey from Dundee Railway Station. Cherie Woolmer and I will be getting the 08:41 train from Glasgow Queen Street which arrives at 09:59 in Dundee. We’ll then get a taxi to St Andrews. If anyone would like to share this taxi, let us know, and please give us your estimated arrival time at the station, and a mobile number if possible.

– Travelling by car:
There is no car parking available immediately adjacent to the venue, and street parking there is for a maximum of 2 hours (and you can’t just run out and add another parking ticket apparently). However, there is a free car park at the entrance to the town (Petherum Bridge Car Park). From there it’s only about 5 minutes on foot through the Bus Station to the St Andrews University Careers Centre. Please see map showing location of free car parks at St Andrews University.

At this meeting the SHEEN Sharing Development Group and other interested ECN folk will catch up on the project outcomes so far, namely: the requirements gathering and benchmarking exercise (introductory meetings and survey); and the Web 2.0 review (tools, review of literature and projects, expert advice). We will use this information to make decisions about how to conduct the trials period of the project from April to August 2009. Issues will include:

– Trial groups based around interests / projects / goals (what groups; who should be in them; what are particular needs of each group; should each group have a named “champion” from the Development Group?).
– How can training and support best be achieved? Initial training groups / ongoing Webinar clinics / materials?
– How will we evaluate the trials (formative and summative?). How and when will we record evaluations? What facets need to be evaluated (e.g. efficacy of our communities of practice; engagement of academics; pushing resources out to appropriate places; sustainability of solutions selected; are trialled tools sufficient or should we look at others, etc.?).
– Should we be engaging non-ECN stakeholders in some groups (e.g. academics, students, other support staff)?
– Picking up on key issues around technical barriers and IPR issues.

We’d like to invite participants to come with ideas about interest groups and projects they may like to be involved with or organise, and resources that can constitute examples of what they might like to share. Examples of Web2.0-type tools and resources folk have been involved with before may also prove useful, if you have them. But most important is to bring yourself so we can get stuff happening!

Oh, and I threw those agenda ideas together just to get you started thinking- I will come up with a more organised plan before Monday, so if you have any ideas about the day, let us know via Comments here!

March 31, 2009 Posted by | SHEEN Project Events & Meetings | , , , | Leave a comment

Planning our trials of Web 2.0 tools

The SHEEN Sharing Development Group is having a one-day workshop to plan the SHEEN Sharing trials of Web 2.0 tools. We now have a date and venue:

St Andrews University, April 6th 2009.

Many thanks to Pam Andrew for organising this so quickly. I’ll have more details about exact venue, directions, maps etc. soon: watch this space.

Re transport: anyone who is coming by train can meet Cherie and I at Dundee Station and we’ll share a taxi to St Andrews. I’d also like to hear from people re what they think is a good start time, so folk can get there easily from all around the country. Just had our ECN Northern Co-ordinators’ Meeting today in Aberdeen and am thus very aware of travel distances and making things easy on folk.

A few further notes:

    Employability Co-ordinators who aren’t formally part of the SHEEN Sharing Development Group are welcome to come: please RSVP to me: sarah.currier [at]
    It would be great if folk could come for the whole day so we have time to really explore the best options for this most important part of the SHEEN Sharing Project. However, you are welcome to attend for only half the day if that’s all you can manage. Again, let me know; it’ll be important for catering lunch if nothing else.

More details to follow. A few ideas that have emerged now that I’ve had three of the four geographical introductory meetings with Coordinators:

    We will probably try to do the training/kickoff sessions for the trials face-to-face again with me travelling to relevant locations, but after that we might like to look at trialling some webinar or webconferencing tool to have regular check-ins, clinics and evaluation meetings throughout the trials. Ideas of favourite tools welcome.
    We will look at appropriate groupings or interests around which to build different trial groups. For instance, I’ll be meeting with Fiona Boyle about using the Volunteering Project as one group to trial some stuff, and talking with Joy Perkins at Aberdeen University about doing the same with the International PDP Project (sorry Joy, don’t have the exact project name to hand!). Any other ideas?
    We could have a look at involving interested people who aren’t formally designated Employability Co-ordinators but who have a keen interest in the work, e.g. James Dunphy at Robert Gordon University has some local academic contacts he think might be interested.

I’ll be reporting back on the results of my Web 2.0 review and requirements gathering work very soon. The final ECN Coordinators’ Introductory Meeting is this Friday in Glasgow, after which I’ll be asking the Coordinators who haven’t managed to make one of the meetings to fill in the survey online.

I’ve also interviewed folk from similar projects around the UK to glean their experience, alongside reading project outputs and things. I’ve had some great ideas from them as well as a lot of validation that our approach is sound. Thanks to George Roberts of the JISC EMERGE project, Richard Hall of the De Montfort University Learning Exchanges project, and Sheila MacNeill of JISC CETIS, a veteran of supporting Web2.0y projects and programmes.

We may get some feedback at the SHEEN Steering Group meeting on Friday as well, where they will be reviewing our Project Plan and progress to date. Busy day for Cherie and I, Friday- bit of running to the train station between meetings! Looking forward to seeing the West of Scotland Coordinators (plus one Edinburgher who couldn’t make the Edinburgh meeting). If anyone else wants to come please let me know.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | SHEEN Project Events & Meetings, SHEEN Sharing Project | , , | Leave a comment

Enhancement Theme Conference 2009

Hi everyone,

It was nice to see some of you at the Enhancement conference last week.  I particularly enjoyed the presentation from Paul Redmond, Head of Careers Service at University of Liverpool. It focused on understanding “Generation Y”. I found it quite heartening that the upcoming generation don’t seem to be as obsessed with earning money (as perhaps Generation X!) and that they still value face to face contact………it isn’t all about the mobile phone and Facebook then!

I think the conference organisers said they were planning to pod cast the presentations.  Paul’s isn’t on the conference website just yet but keep having a look. If you didn’t see it, then I’d highly recommend viewing it when it appears. Paul’s delivery was fantastic….just what was needed at the end of a two day conference. Here is the You tube video he used in his presentation.

I’m interested to know what other ECs thought of the event overall from an Employability perspective. I found it gave a helpful profile to our work (and helped demonstrate the links with Graduate Attributes) but was somewhat disappointed that it didn’t do more to encourage discussion about the integration with other themes. I picked up hints from others at the conference that the lack of focus on this latter point was more than a little frustrating and gave out the wrong message.

Any other views?


March 12, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, SHEEN Sharing Project | , , | 5 Comments