Conference season has well and truly started – and that’s just here at Plymouth! Here’s a round up of some useful stuff I’ve come across (or have been sent)…

We held our annual TEL Showcase Day (formerly Tulip Showcase Day) on 16th June. This video might be of interest to those involved with raising awareness about Plagiarism to students – it tells the story of various students who have been summoned to an Enquiry Committee at a Plagiarism Hearing and explains why each of them are there.

I did a presentation around Digital Identity. Those of you who are familiar with this blog will probably have seen myBrand already, although I have updated it today to take into account the new privacy settings in Facebook. The BBC has put together a useful picture guide outlining the basic changes. Facebook themselves have also created a new resource to help users with privacy.

Researchers, have you heard of Research Professional (, a site that provides research news, funding opportunities and approaching deadlines? Account holders and groups can bookmark content, set up personal saved searches and email alert facilities.. The University of Plymouth has ‘Campus Access’ for a quick look, but in order to collaborate you will need to register with the site yourself. UoP staff please contact Shahnaz Tasrin Wahid for further information.

On 18th June the UoP Teaching and Learning Directorate hosted ‘Getting There By Degrees: Fast Track (two Year Bachelor) and Flexible Learning Conference‘. I didn’t have time to attend much of this but did go to ‘Anytime, Anywhere, Develop Me! – a presentation by Becka Currant, Dean of Students, University of Bradford. She started by showing Michael Wesch’s 2007 classic video, ‘A Vision of Students Today’ (see below).

She then went on to show a Ning (social networking) community that is completely managed by students and is well used particularly by mature and international students before starting university. Newport University have a similar community and, although Ning isn’t free anymore, I’m sure Plymouth could benefit from having this sort of resource. We have a presence on Facebook but it seems to be more about marketing the University rather than building friendships…

Becka also introduced, a site specifically designed for mobiles which includes a ‘Help Me I’m Lost!’ app. This was developed by Bradford University with CampusM – however, despite being the most expensive part of the project not alot of students are using it as they don’t have smartphones!  This site contains useful stuff though, informing students about timetable changes, library information, news alerts such as whether Blackboard and email are running, as well as a ‘friend finder’, enabling staff and students to locate each other. This will be an extremely useful resource!

Finally, Julie Swain (UPC Blended Learning Co-ordinator) emailed me a comprehensive list of useful Web2.0 tools from a presentation she attended by Jane Hart from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies at the JISC RSC SW Conference on 24th June. She also facilitates a ‘Top 100 Tools‘ list so have a look and get involved in compiling this year’s!