Video Guides

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In addition to our Help Guides page, we have also created a few video guides to help staff get started with blogs and social media.

These short guides provide a visual walk-through of setting-up a new blog on the university blog network, enabling some advanced features for blogs, as well as using tools such as Tweetdeck, IFTTT, and Trello to help organise your social media and working processes.

 

Getting Started With Blogs Part 1

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get your first blog up and running on the University blogs network.

 

Getting Started With Blogs Part 2

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to use some of the more advanced features on the University blogs network.

 

Getting Started With Tweetdeck

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using Tweetdeck to manage your Twitter account.

 

Getting Started With If This Then That (IFTTT)

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using IFTTT to link your apps and social media accounts.

 

Getting Started With Adobe Spark Post

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using Adobe Spark Post to create graphics to use on social media, flyers and posters.

 

Getting Started With Adobe Spark Page

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using Adobe Spark Page to share photo journals, portfolios and web stories.

 

Getting Started With Adobe Spark Video

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using Adobe Spark Video to create visual stories to use in presentations, in lectures, and on social media.

 

Getting Started With PowToon

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using PowToon to create lively and interesting presentations and lecture aids.

 

Getting Started With Sway

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using Sway to create engaging and interactive presentations.

 

Getting Started With Jing

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using Jing for screen shots and video capture.

 

Getting Started With QuickTime Player

Here is a quick tutorial video on how to get started using QuickTime for video, screen recording and audio capture.

 

An Introduction to Panopto

Here is a quick introduction video on how to use Panopto as an academic.

 

Please signpost other staff who you feel might benefit from these video guides. We will be developing more videos as we go along, but if there is anything specific that you would like us to make a video guide for, then please contact us.

Help Guides

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We currently have a range of help guides on the site aimed at helping staff in the creation of content for research blogs and social media.

In these we condense a lot of tips and tricks into bite-sized snippets to help you get the best out of your online content. As of now these help guides include:

Quick guides for staff with digital responsibilities:

BlogsSocial Media

Getting Started with Video

Shooting Video On Your Mobile Device

Getting Started with Photography

Content Checklist

 

We will be adding more in the near future but if you would like us to create a help guide around anything specific, please feel free to contact us.

Please make use of the above and signpost other staff to the Help Guides page for an up-to-date list.

Academic Blogging Part 5: Useful resources for bloggers

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Now you have your posts ready to go, you have ideas for more, and you know when you’ll be posting and where you’ll be sharing them to in order to make sure they get as much reach as possible. The next and final thing to talk about are the resources you can use.

One of the biggest pitfalls bloggers face is accidentally infringing copyright, such as using images from a google search without checking whether they are copyrighted or not, or forgetting to credit authors. There are ways around this though.

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Academic Blogging Part 4: Turning your journal articles / lecture notes into blog posts

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You may spend a lot of time and effort writing a research article for a journal. So much so that once it has been accepted and published you’ll not want to think about it again. But why not change the end of your workflow slightly to include a couple of hours distilling that paper into an accessible and short-form version?

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