SHEEN Sharing

A Project of the Scottish Employability Co-ordinators' Network

Our Netvibes Page Inspires a University Careers Service: Can They Inspire You?

What with SHEEN Sharing having visibility on Twitter and Diigo and the blogosphere, we’ve picked up a few followers from outwith the ECN, which is great.

We got a very kind Tweet today on Twitter from Darren Jones at the University of Sussex Careers and Employability Centre.  BTW: you can see they are already pretty au fait with Web 2.0: they use a blog to update their main page with big news (see under ‘Latest News’), and their Twitter account to give short pithy updates (scroll down a bit to see an embedded Twitter widget from their @sussxunicareers account), both embedded in the page.

Anyway, Darren likes our Netvibes page and is experimenting with using Netvibes to create a student careers page at Sussex.  Here it is.  You’ll notice he’s chosen to divide his tabs by subject area. Check it out!

I’ve bookmarked this in our Diigo Employability Group.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Employability Resources, Microblogging, Resource sharing sites, SHEEN Project Dissemination | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Improvements to This Blog: Feedback Still Welcome!

During the course of SHEEN Sharing’s initial nine month phase, we received quite a bit of feedback re this blog.

Some of this arose from the original ambiguity about the blog’s purpose.  While we were getting started, this blog was both a dissemination tool for the project, and a sandbox/demonstrator for the ECN to see how different Web 2.0 tools worked.  So, we had not only project news, documents and postings about how to use Web 2.0 tools, but also various feeds and widgets in the right-hand columns demonstrating how other tools and tags could be used to enrich the content here.  Some ECN members were very keen at the start, and tried using the blog to post about things they wanted to discuss with the rest of the network, or employability resources they were interested in.

Now, we are much clearer about what we want to achieve and which tools we want to use for which purpose.  We are using our Netvibes page as our one-stop-shop site, kind of a virtual “repository”, for disseminating quality employability resources to the ECN’s stakeholders.  We are using Diigo for two purposes: one is for co-ordinators to save, share, discuss and disseminate their favourite employability resources, the other is to use Diigo’s excellent social networking tools to provide safe online group discussion spaces.  You can see how using Diigo to save and share resources can feed directly into our Netvibes page with no additional work by the ECN by looking at this tab and this tab.

We are using this blog, plus our Twitter account, to disseminate the SHEEN Sharing project itself.  It will stand as a record of the proecess we went through and what we achieved.

With this in mind, I have removed several of the “sandbox” widgets with feeds from the right-hand columns, and also re-arranged and re-configured the remaining items there in a way that I hope will make the blog easier to find your way around.  Please do have a look and feed back to me if you can suggest any improvements.

I’ve also updated the SHEEN Sharing Project page and several of the Scottish Employability Projects’ pages, to indicate progress made.  In particular, check out the pages:

Sharing Student Experiences Trial Group

and

Voluntary Sector Project Trial Group: SHEEN Placements

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Bookmarking, Group Spaces Online, Microblogging, Resource sharing sites, SHEEN Project Dissemination, Social Networking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SHEEN Sharing Extension to February 2010

Good news: SHEEN Sharing has officially been extended until February 2010.  Our thanks to the SHEEN Steering Group for this validation of the hard work everyone involved has put in so far.

You’ll be seeing some new blog posts coming out here updating you on many different aspects of SHEEN Sharing’s progress.

We’ve been extended to really capitalise on the first nine months of the project.  Now that the ECN are starting a new academic year, and have had tasters of all the cool Web 2.0 things they can do, we want to really start embedding the chosen trial tools and new practices in their work.

When SHEEN Sharing started, the core idea was to end up with a one-stop-shop on the Web to share and find and disseminate and discuss good quality employability resources with a range of stakeholders in and around the ECN.

Our One-Stop-Shop: Netvibes
Our one-stop-shop is the virtual repository for employability we have created using Netvibes: http://www.netvibes.com/Employability

This repository is still in a “sandbox” phase: the next four months of SHEEN Sharing will be dedicated in part to turning this into a resource the ECN can use, contribute to and be proud to send to other stakeholders.

Contributing Your Favourite Resources: Diigo
The way for ECN members to contribute their favourite resources to the Netvibes repository is through bookmarking and sharing them on Diigo.

This has the added benefit of allowing them to access their own bookmarks from any computer on the Web, and to link in with each other and a wider international community to discuss and share resources.

Catching up on Netvibes and Diigo: Flashmeeting Webinar Later This Month
With the extension of the SHEEN Sharing project until Jan/Feb 2010, we will be having some more Flashmeeting webinars.

I will be hosting monthly webinars, with open drop-in support from 9:00-10:30, and presentations / discussions on particular topics from 10:30-12:00.  The first webinar this month will be for a recap/catchup on Netvibes and Diigo (including an overview of new features in Diigo v4, released late last month).

In addition, Cherie Woolmer and the project development group will be organising a series of employability co-ordinator led webinars to show-and-tell tools and practices that have changed their jobs and lives for the better through SHEEN Sharing.

Further Diigo Trainings: Introductions, Recaps and Diigo-ing Deeper
We will also be running two more Diigo Training days, in November 2009.  Each day will consist of a morning session recapping the original introductory workshop for those who haven’t been able to attend, which can also serve as a refresher for those who would like one.  Each afternoon will be a chance to dig a bit deeper into Diigo for those who have already been using it.  Those who attend in the morning will also be welcome to stay for the afternoon.

NB: Diigo recently released an all-new and shiny version 4.  This includes one amazing new feature: the ability to save an archived copy of a resource you have bookmarked, so if the resource ever disappears you have a copy of it to use in future.  It also includes the feature we’d been eagerly waiting and hoping for: the ability to set up a working feed from a Diigo Group by individual tag (e.g. a feed just for resources tagged “cocurriculum” by the Employability Group).  We’ll cover all this and more for those who want to see it at the afternoon trainings.

Keeping Up-To-Date on SHEEN Sharing
Further information on the above and more will continue to be disseminated via the SHEEN Sharing blog and Twitter account.  Please note that the blog is now totally dedicated to dissemination of SHEEN Sharing as a project: sharing of employability resources by the ECN will continue via Diigo.

The SHEEN Sharing blog can be visited here: https://sheensharing.wordpress.com/
You can subscribe to updates from the blog using the RSS feed here: https://sheensharing.wordpress.com/feed/
Or, you can look at the blog updates on the Employability Netvibes page, in the first tab which is currently devoted to SHEEN Sharing as a project:
http://www.netvibes.com/Employability#Welcome (see the section in the bottom right: “SHEEN Sharing Blog updates”).

To follow us on Twitter for even more pithy updates, go here: http://twitter.com/sheensharing

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Bookmarking, Resource sharing sites, SHEEN Project Events & Meetings, SHEEN Sharing Project, Using Newsfeeds | , , , , | Leave a comment

SHEEN Sharing Examples: A Diigo List Published Straight to WordPress

*** NB: This post is an example of using Diigo to publish a Diigo List of bookmarks to any Web tool or Website.. what you see below is exactly how it appears after selecting Publish > WordPress in Diigo ***

*** This Diigo List contains the four Netvibes and Pageflakes project sites I used to show the SHEEN Sharing Development Group what kinds of things can be done with Netvibes.  They are still worth a look for that reason.  Thanks to the colleagues on Twitter who responded so swiftly and sent these  ***

SHEEN Sharing examples

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June 29, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Bookmarking, Resource sharing sites, SHEEN Project Dissemination | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s easy to write posts here via email now!

For anyone who wants to post occasionally to this SHEEN Sharing blog, you can do that now by simply sending an email.  I’m sending this post by email: I’m just writing it as an email and sending it to my special blog email address, which I got from the blog dashboard.  So, to get set up, you still have to join WordPress and get a login to this blog, but once you’ve done that you don’t need to go through the dashboard again.

And guess what, you can send an image as well and it will appear in the blog post (but not other formats).  For example, I’ve attached a photo to this email (see below), chosen only because it has a bit of a sheen to it (get it- SHEEN? Because I can’t think of any employability-related pictures 🙂  ).

So, if you want to be able to do this, log into WordPress (use the login link in the near right column), click on Dashboard, then My Blogs, then activate post-by-email next to SHEEN Sharing.  You’ll get a unique email address which is the one you send to, in order to post.

For a super super simple blogging software that just allows you to set up and post everything via email, perfect for those not wanting to learn anything too new but wanting a blog, I’ll write a post re Posterous soon.

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May 12, 2009 Posted by | Blogging | , , , | Leave a comment

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 WordPress.com 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

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?

Cherie

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

Tips & Tricks: Getting Updates Easily Using Feeds

Introduction to Newsfeedsfeed-icon-28x28
As we noted in the Project Development Group kick-off meeting at the end of January, newsfeeds (e.g. RSS Feeds, Atom Feeds, Podcast Feeds) are the lynchpin to using social media on the Web. Regardless of which Web2.0 tools others in your network or community use, if you can get feeds you can be informed of their news, new resources and relevant discussions as easily as checking your email inbox. Likewise, regardless of what Web2.0 tools YOU choose to use, you can be confident that others will be updated on the new resources or ideas you want to share, because your own tools will allow them to receive feeds.

Choosing a Feed Reader
There are many feed tools out there for you to choose from. Some allow you to log into a website to check your feeds, some sit on your desktop and pull feeds down off the web. It’s similar to the two main ways you might get email: you may log onto the Hotmail or Gmail service on the web, for instance, to read your emails, or you may have Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird or similar on your own computer, pulling your emails in for you. It doesn’t matter which reader you use; you can experiment.

The two tools we looked at in the project kick-off meeting were Google Reader on the web, and Mozilla Thunderbird on the desktop, mainly because these are the two tools I currently use, so I was able to show the Development Group a bunch of existing newsfeeds and how they work, how I organise them, where they come from, and so on.

Getting Started With Feeds
To get started, if you haven’t already, go to http://www.google.co.uk/reader/ and sign up to get a Google account- if you already have one you can just use that.  Or, feel free to experiment with some other free tool.

Alternatively, have a look in your email client’s help section to see how to set up feeds in the same tool as your email. For instance, in Thunderbird, go to Tools > Account Settings > News & Blogs > Manage Subscriptions > Add. You will be given a box to enter a new Feed URL.

Getting Feeds: The Feed URL
Whatever feed tool you use, the key is the Feed URL. By giving the Feed URL for a site or service to your feed reader, you are ensuring that every time you look in your reader, you will see the latest updates from that site or service.

The best way to start for this project would be to subscribe to the feed for this blog. That way you will be updated every time there is a new posting added to the blog. To do this, look near the bottom of the columns on the right, under Site Admin & Feeds. Click on Entries RSS and you will get the Feed URL. If you have already signed up for Google Reader, clicking this link should immediately open a Google Reader page allowing you to put this feed into your reader. If you are using an email client or other tool, you can copy and past the Feed URL into whatever form or box that tool gives you for subscribing to feeds.

Feeds for Specific Pages, Postings and Comments
You may find you want to monitor comments on this blog, to see if anyone has posted a comment on something you have written, or just to keep up with discussions. Under Site Admin & Feeds you will see a link for Comments RSS – selecting this will give you a comments feed.

You can also get feeds for particular pages or blog postings on this blog. For instance, click on Welcome to the SHEEN Sharing Project to see the welcome page for this blog. If you look up in the browser address box, where the URL for the page is, you will see the RSS Feed icon to the right feed-icon-14x14. Wherever you see this icon on the web, you can click it to get a feed for the resource it is attached to. In this case, clicking it will give you a news feed just for that page; you will be notified of any additions, edits, or comments for the page.

Other Feeds
Do you have websites or discussion forums that you check regularly, as part of your work, to follow the news, or for personal interests? Go have a look and see if they offer a feed. You can add this to your feed reader too, and find out how much time you can save just going to one place to be notified of updates to things you are interested in.

Feeds and Your Daily Routine
Once you have a feed or some feeds of interest to you set up in your reader, you can have your own routine with checking them. It’s similar to email: feeds can be a great source of news, information and help, but they can also take your time away from other tasks if you check them too often, or if you feel obliged to read every single news item that comes in. You’ll have to employ similar feed management strategies as you do with email; in fact, simply checking your feeds each time you go in to check your email might be a good starting point.

Incoming Feeds on this Blog
You may have noticed in the columns to the right, there are some items with the feed icon next to them. These are trial examples of using other sites’ feeds to pull relevant content into this blog for our community to use. At the time of writing, I’ve set up two incoming feeds. One is Project Documents from Scribd and the other is SheenSharing Bookmarks from Delicious. I’ll explain more about these in future postings here, but the general idea is that Cherie and I can use Scribd to post documents such as project plans, presentation slides, etc. on a free site called Scribd; I have set up a feed from Scribd, just for our group’s documents, into our blog page. So if you click on the links there you will be taken to the relevant project document on Scribd, and allowed to read or download it. Each time we add a new document, the feed in the right-hand column is automatically updated. Similarly, we are using Delicious, a free site for sharing bookmarks, to collect links of relevance to the project. We tag them on Delicious with the unique tag “sheensharing”, and we have a feed coming into the blog which lists all items with that tag.

So: this is your sandbox: feel free to play in it, get started with a feed reader and some feeds, and please post comments, questions and feedback here so others can benefit from your experience and offer you theirs.

The next posting from me will be about getting you started in writing your own posts here on the blog!

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Bookmarking, Using Newsfeeds, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | , , | 3 Comments

Snowy day at Project Consultant’s home

This post demonstrates how someone using Twitpic to post photos directly to Twitter can also share their Twitpic photos in a blog posting.  The Twitpic site allows you to copy a small bit of HTML and paste it straight into your blog post- you don’t need to know anything about the HTML, just copy-n-paste.  The photo here also links back to the Twitpic page it lives on, so you can look at it and other Twitpics the person has shared.

1st of 3 photos of my back court in Govanhill #uksnow - it's ... on TwitPic

View of snowfall at back of morageyrie's flat, 9 Feb. 2009, Glasgow

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Social Networking, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | , , , | 3 Comments

Preparation for SHEEN meeting

A key task for this week will be preparing the project update for the SHEEN meeting on 19Feb. We will be notifying people about this test site, our use of blogging and will include the introduction to Web 2.0 applications.

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, SHEEN Project Admin, SHEEN Project Dissemination, SHEEN Project Events & Meetings, SHEEN Sharing Project, Web2.0 Tools, Tips and Tricks | | 5 Comments