Blogging to engage

As a follow up to Elizabeth Eva Leach’s talk yesterday, we thought we’d share the LTG Oxford case study on the blogging that Politics In Spires did to engage their audiences. Politics in Spires is an openly accessible collaborative blog between the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. The project aims to disseminate research and provide open educational resources, and the blog plays a key role in its work.


Blogging and Twitter for Academia – Presentation slides

Today’s lunchtime Engage seminar was given by Elizabeth Eva Leach, Tutorial Fellow in Music at Oxford, on ‘Blogging and Twitter for Academia’. Elizabeth uses her blog to disseminate research and interact with researchers and students, and she’s a great believer in using Twitter to encourage scholarly exchange (and talk to students!).

Elizabeth focused on the benefits and advantages of using social media – particularly blogging and Twitter – for bringing together teaching and research. Those of you looking at Twitter this week (or just interested in general) might be interested in her slides – though short, they have a lot of great links and ideas!

This week: Current awareness

(Image via Leo Reynolds on Flickr)

Week 4’s theme is current awareness, and we’ll be exploring ways to keep up to date in your field as well as to share information with colleagues and peers (and the wider world!). We’ll be focusing on Twitter, RSS feeds, Storify and a few other tools. Some of these allow you to ‘extend’ your network, others allow you to organise and gather (or share) information. If you are already using or want to find out about other tools, do let us know!

Please note that you are welcome to combine this week’s Things into one or multiple blog posts, if you feel that it works better for you than three separate posts.

Bits and bobs: Keeping your passwords safe

As you get going with the 23 Things programme, you may find that you’re setting up quite a few new online profiles and accounts, which usually means lots of new passwords. It’s important to be aware of your safety online. There are lots of things you can do to ensure that you are creating strong passwords and managing your accounts safely – there are online tools like Lastpass, for example, that allow you to store all your account info securely, rather than writing it down or creating unsafe passwords so that you can remember them.

Your Password Sucks

If you’re interested in the safety of your online passwords, we highly recommend the presentation Your Password Sucks by Dan Q, Bodleian Libraries Web Developer, on password security (if you are in the Oxford network or have an SSO, you can see an updated version of the presentation, now called Your Password: How Bad Guys Will Steal Your Identity).