SHEEN Sharing

A Project of the Scottish Employability Co-ordinators' Network

Sharing Student Experiences Trial Group

*** Update, 12 October 2009 ***

*** See Pam Andrews’ use of Diigo Webslides to bring together and disseminate student placement and work experience case studies from her St. Andrews University Careers Wiki: ***

*** See the two (and counting) blogs kept by voluntary sector placement students as part of the SHEEN Placements project here and here. ***


*** Update, 1 July 2009 ***
*** Sarah and Pam met in Aberdeen on June 30th, and the results of this meeting may be found in the comments to this page, below.
Discussion on this topic is now moved to the Diigo Employability Co-ordinators’ Network Group, which is a closed group for ECN members only. Go to the page on Diigo and log in: if you’re not yet a member, email Sarah to be added ***

Pam Andrew already has a wiki designed to support students in sharing their work experiences. She had a few ideas around getting SHEEN Sharing’s support in further developing this work. It became clear that with a lot of good ideas but time and resource being limited, SHEEN Sharing needs to start by helping identify the best way forward, possibly looking at student vidcasts as a starting point.

Who will be lead?
Pam Andrew

What level of time commitment can you make?
Wish to start by having an initial discussion with interested people and SHEEN Sharing; anything further TBC.

Possible membership
Within ECN: Cherie Woolmer, Jessica Henderson, Phyl Meyer (Voluntary Project Consultant)
Outwith ECN: Saltire Foundation? And similar groups? Students doing voluntary sector placements through ECN Voluntary Sector Project?

What skills do you already have in your group?
Existing St Andrews wiki. Pam consulting video people within St Andrews. Jessica, Cherie and Phyl all developing skills in relevant areas.

What tasks do you need to perform?
Identify requirements, identify potential solutions.
Share findings with SHEEN Sharing.

What tools are appropriate/would you like to trial?
TBD, possibly vidcasts (of students sharing experiences). Blogs and vlogs?

What support is needed from SHEEN Sharing?
Initially help thinking through requirements and solutions. Linking with other projects wanting to do similar things.


  1. […] Sharing Student Experiences Trial Group Pam Andrew already has a wiki designed to support students in sharing their work experiences. She had a few ideas around getting SHEEN Sharing’s support in further developing this work. […]

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  2. Hi Pam,

    I would potentially like to get involved in your Student Experiences Trial Group project but I’m not sure how useful I would be as it’ll be a steep learning curve for me – out of line with other work I’m doing but extremely interested.

    Could I express interest at this point and go from there?


    Comment by Jessica | April 29, 2009

  3. Cherie has a keen interest in this and thinks working with the Saltire Foundation is a good idea; there may be strong interest within Strathclyde University.

    Phyl Meyer, the new consultant at the ECN Voluntary Sector Project has ideas about getting students using the project to keep blogs.

    Pam emailed to say she is still thinking about things (Cherie has been in touch) and that she is speaking with someone at ST Andrews with experience of using video at present. She can’t get started on discussions until June.

    Comment by morageyrie | April 29, 2009

  4. Hi,
    The students have now mainly gone so I have a bit more time to concentrate on this.

    Do any interested parties have any ideas they would like to share?


    Comment by PamelaAndrew | June 23, 2009

  5. Hi Pam,

    AS discussed previously, I’m still interested in this aspect. I had hoped we might approach the Saltire interns but on reflection have moved away from that idea (for this year anyway).

    I’m interested in two possible options: (1) work with students to get some feedback on the “student” aspect of the netvibes page and (2) get them to contribute to making some resources that might be of us to students that we can disseminate through netvibes.

    They could fit together nicety to form one project to, if it felt more manageable we could just look at the first aspect.

    What kinds of things were you thinking of?


    Comment by Cherie | June 25, 2009

  6. […] if she could speak with me after the training to get some support and ideas around her idea for a SHEEN Sharing Student Experiences Group. She wants to better be able to both encourage students to share case studies of their work […]

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  7. As noted above, we now have moved discussion on this topic to the Diigo ECN Group:

    You need to (a) have a Diigo account and (b) be a member of this group to join in. ECN members only.

    Here’s a sample of the first discussion posting in this group on Sharing Student Experiences. Please remember this is initial, exploratory work – feedback and questions and ideas most welcome:

    Pam and I had a meeting after the Diigo training on Monday about where she’s got to with her Sharing Student Experiences idea. Here’s a summary of where we’ve got to after that discussion:

    – Pam has a bunch of student work experience case studies on the St Andrews Careers wiki, and she is gathering more, but they are quite hard to find/disseminate at the moment. They are organised by subject/discipline on the wiki and are buried quite deeply within the structure.

    – Pam has found that quite a few students who submit case studies don’t want them publicised too widely- even though the wiki is on the open Web, they are a bit nervous about too much publicity, so we still need a solution that makes the case studies easy to find by St Andrews people, but possibly not publicised via the SHEEN Sharing Netvibes site.

    – Pam finds that it’s hard to get students to actually submit case studies. She perceives a number of barriers, mainly not wanting to put the time and energy into it. She also finds if she goes through the intermediary of an academic who knows the student, they are more likely to respond. She wondered if some funky new Web 2.0 type tool might make them more likely to respond. However: at present she sends them a nice wiki-based form to fill in, which, to my mind, meant they were already getting an easy enough route to submitting their case studies. They need other incentives. We discussed the age-old solution of tantalising them with a prize draw, with an iPod or Amazon voucher as a prize.

    – We then looked at how Pam could use Diigo WebSlides to create an easy dynamic way of disseminating the case studies. She seems pretty happy with it so far. What Diigo WebSlides do:

    1. You bookmark on Diigo all the resources you want to disseminate (in this case she’ll bookmark a link for each case study- which means she can maintain the same wiki structure behind the scenes)

    2. You add each bookmark to a Diigo List (in this case, Pam will create a separate list for each subject/discipline area).

    3. You click on the WebSlides link for each list, which gives you a URL you can put anywhere you’d like.

    4. When an end user clicks on the WebSlides link, they get a Web-based slideshow taking them through each page you’ve bookmarked. These pages are *live* in the slideshow, not screenshots- so they can interact with them.

    5. Any new resources you bookmark and add to the List the slideshow is based on will be automatically added to the slideshow- you don’t have to go and create a new slideshow link or anything.

    6. You can also get an iFrames Widget for Diigo Webslides. This lets your slideshows be embedded in a webpage rather than linked to, and you only need to copy-and-paste the widget code in, you don’t need to know any code.

    7. Pam’s university uses MediaWiki as their wiki software, which has an extension which allows iFrames to be embedded in your wiki. This means she *could* actually embed the slideshows fully within wiki pages, so users don’t have to click to the external Diigo site. This will be dependent on her local IT support allowing iFrames to be used in the wiki.

    We also talked about setting up a separate Diigo group just for the Sharing Student Experiences Trial Group – so we’ll see if folk feel a need for that emerging. For now we want everyone to have access to this discussion.

    Comment by morageyrie | July 1, 2009

  8. See Pam’s case study lists on Diigo here:

    You can click on each list then view it as a Webslides presentation.

    Comment by morageyrie | October 12, 2009

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