Social media for social policy: working together for creative employability skills development

Session presented at the University of York Learning and Teaching Conference, 8 May 2013. See: Conference website. Matt Cornock, Simon Davis, Heather Stout, Lidiya Cherneva, Megan O’Kane. Overview This workshop presents the Social Media for Social Policy project. This is an optional, extra-curricular activity for social science students organised by the Department of Social Policy … Continue reading Social media for social policy: working together for creative employability skills development

Project Launch: Reading On Screen

In direct response to student feedback on the way that we are making extensive use of digital resources for teaching, we have developed a special guide and supporting website addressing ‘reading on screen’.

The site covers such topics as:

Laws of the Web – Bandwidth

I’ve borrowed a book from the University Library. Published in 2001, Bernado A. Huberman’s ‘The Laws of the Web: Patterns in the Ecology of Information’, offers a window back a decade to when the internet boom started and mass-access in the developed world became a reality. I’m probably the only person to borrow this book in quite some time, but thought it would be a great way to see if commentary on the internet in ‘olden times’ still holds merit to today’s use of the technology – in particular here the context of content creation for students.

Email and why it’ll never disappear

Like an old faithful dog, email still persists as one of the fundamental communication methods online. But is it’s time limited? The attempts to create what is effectively a microcosm of the internet with Facebook (as one blog depicted rather well in 2011), would suggest that Facebook messaging should have surpassed the need for email by now. However, the reality is that internet users are still using a variety of communication methods.

Guide: Controlling your online identity

This Prezi presentation formed part of my workshop on Controlling Your Online Identity. It complements my Guide on Facebook Privacy. If the presentation does not appear below, view on There is a little scaremongering in this guide! Deliberately, I might add, to provoke your thoughts and the overall privacy debate.

Guide: Facebook profile privacy – controlling your online presence

One of our lecturers is trialling the use of Facebook with our undergraduates this year. The rationale is to provide a space where student from other institutions can interact, something that cannot be achieved with our VLE due to the locked-down nature of it. In preparation for this, we wanted to ensure that students were prepared and aware of how to restrict information that is on their Facebook profile. Hence, a 10 minute video guide pointing out the locations of Facebook privacy settings.

Google+ is to Facebook what Facebook was to MySpace

This series of posts will preview Google+ (Google Plus) and compare it to Facebook as a social networking platform. It primarily focuses on the differences in interface and functionality, but touches upon the user-aspect of whether Google+ will be adopted by the masses. Part 1 looks at what makes a social network. Part 2 will look at the idea of ‘circles’, with Part 3 on other functional improvements.