Up periscope!

OU social media toolkit: http://www.open.ac.uk/community/social-media-toolkit/

http://www.open.ac.uk/community/social-media-toolkit/

There are a number of guides to using social media in academic settings, but what I love about this toolkit is the breadth of media covered and the focus on learning and teaching.

I blog (obviously!) and use Twitter, LinkedIn and SlideShare – but having looked at this toolkit I am making a New Year’s resolution to explore Periscope and SoundCloud. ¬†Well, it will give me something to blog about ūüôā

It is primarily designed as a guide for OU staff, but don’t let that put you off – the advice is useful for anyone working in an academic context. And the case studies section has some insightful observations and tips from OU staff.

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Digital storytelling: free webinars

Digital storytellingStoryCenter (previously The Center for Digital Storytelling) run a series of webinars aimed at people planning to use digital storytelling in educational settings, but these cost money!

An investment worth making if you are definitely incorporating digital storytelling into your learning and teaching, but if you would just like to explore this approach in more detail before taking the plunge, there are a series of free webinars throughout next year.

Details of the workshops are available here.

One of my favourite examples of the power of digital storytelling

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Spin, Weave and Cut: cartoons and creativity

comicsThe Spin, Weave and Cut website from Nick Sousanis contains so many useful resources it will take you a while to explore – but it will be time well spent!

Not only are there resources from a course on using comics in learning and teaching, Nick has also posted the syllabus and readings from a module that he is currently presenting –¬†Comics as a Way of Thinking.

If you are interested in a broader focus on visual thinking and the role it can play in supporting creativity and developing writing, there’s a section full of links to resources.

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