Thing 14: Audio

I chose SoundCloud for Thing 14. I’ve known SoundCloud for a long time, but I barely use it and thought it only had music. Apparently, it has some content on education. I was randomly searching for ‘Edinburgh University’, I came across a Podcast: Are The Kids Alright? How society treats its young people from College of  Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. I also noticed a series of talks from other schools, for example, the Business School. I never realised that SoundCloud could be one platform to reach out a wider audience or public engagement.

I can’t lie, I still prefer listening to music than podcasts. While I am typing this blog post at this very moment, I’m listening to jazz music picked randomly by SoundCloud, but I’ll definitely check SoundCloud again in the future for finding other interesting audios!

Thing 13: Video

I chose Vimeo for Thing 13. I really like After The ICU by Riley Thompson. This video explains what critically ill patients may experience after the hospital admission. I came across this video from a blog written by a former ICU patient.

To be honest, I tried to look for the licence information on the video, but I couldn’t manage to find it. I then searched how to find the Creative Commons Licences from Vimeo Help Center. I found the answer although it was not straightforward. I needed to first type in the search box what I would like to see. Then, after I get the results, I should filter them by the type of license I want.  In this regard, I think it is much more easier to find the licence on Youtube. Another interesting bit is that there’s no feature to turn on the subtitles on Vimeo. I guess every platform has its own strong and weak points.

Thing 12: Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are new for me. I wasn’t familiar at all with the term before writing Thing 12.

As suggested, I explored the topic of ‘health’ on Media Hopper. I found one video titled Problems with gloves? by Professor Jonathan Rees  This video interests me because I used to use gloves a lot when I was working in the hospital.

I also checked TES Connect and found Pokemon Average Posters! My daughter would love these!

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Thing 11: Copyright

Copyright is an issue that is of importance to me, particularly if I want to use some images for my blog posts or pictures for oral presentation or tutorial slides. Pixabay is one of my favourite sites for good quality free images.

When I was preparing my study leaflet and poster, I bought some Royalty Free pictures from Dreamstime as I don’t want to use the pictures without permission.

I found this video on Youtube that has been helping me in explaining how mechanically ventilated patients look like when giving presentations. The licence is Creative Commons By Attribution (CC-BY) without any further options such as Share-Alike (SA), No-Derivatives (ND) or Non-Commercial (NC). I always ensure I give credit on my slide by giving the link and the name of the video owner.

Thing 10: Wikimedia

 

Thanks to 23Things, now I know that Wikimedia has many projects. Among all projects, I was interested in Wikimedia Commons.  I think this resource will be handy if I want to find free images or any media files for blogging, making slides for presentations, etc. I tried to search “nurses” and look what I found, this old picture of Indonesian nurses from 1960! Now I remember when I was a student nurse, it’s mandatory to put my hair up into a hair net and to use that similar nursing cap! To be honest, I didn’t like to wear the cap. For me, it’s just like a prop and I’m still a professional nurse whether or not I use any cap. Glad that when I was working on the (hospital) floor (hospital), I wasn’t required to use one.

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Source Jalesveva Jayamahe. 1960. Information Department, Indonesian Navy: Jakarta. Page number in title.

 

Thing 9: Collaborate Ultra

I’ve been both a participant and a moderator in Collaborate Ultra sessions. My experience being a participant is when I attended the online IAD workshop about ‘Engaging students in an online environment’. My first thought of Collaborate Ultra was that it’s similar to Youtube that we could watch live video and had a live chat with the audience. However, one thing was beyond my expectation when the speaker asked all participants to write their thoughts on the slide! This feature makes Collaborate Ultra standing out from other webinar or online meeting platforms that I have ever used.

As a student ambassador, I participated as a panellist at ‘Ask our students’ panel via Collaborate Ultra. The panel is an online information session where prospective students can ask any questions related to university life to the current students. I was given a unique link for moderators and noticed different functions than being a participant. Since I was not presenting, I did not try all the features. But luckily I was not tempted to try clicking the arrows that control the presentation slides. Otherwise, the slide would change to the next one.

 

Thing 8: Facebook

I decided to stop using Facebook months before its scandal involving user data. So I won’t discuss the scandal here, but I rather explain why I don’t use facebook anymore.

The main reason is that I spent too much time Facebooking! Before quitting, I was convincing myself that Facebook was necessary to keep in touch with my friends. I could use Facebook to send invitations if I wanted to organise a flat-warming party, to keep up to date to current affairs, to watch funny or recipe videos and so on and so on. After watching a TEDx video about quitting social media and long contemplation, I made up my mind that I can do all of the things I’ve mentioned earlier without Facebook. My friends can keep in touch with me by phoning or texting me.

I’m an anti-social media person, but quitting Facebook is more about eliminating one source of procrastination so that I can focus on my PhD. Wish me luck!

Thing 7: Twitter

I have been a Twitter user for a long time but I never use any management tools for my account. I took the opportunity of Thing 7 to explore Analytics and TweetDeck.

It’s very impressive to see that almost a thousand of people have read my last tweet but the engagement rate was only 1%!

I’m also keen to try the scheduled tweet feature. It would be beneficial if I want to promote an event. If I become a speaker at a conference, not only that I can give a heads up about what I will present, I  can also schedule some tweets to be live during my time allocation. Sounds like a plan!

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Thing 6: Accessibility

After reading the stories of web users and the article by Sabrina Fonesca for Thing 6, I came to realise that I used to take for granted the visual appearance of a website. I thought it would be fine as long as the colours used were not green or red. But accessibility encompasses more dimensions other than only colours.

I checked two websites (Apple and Twitter) using the Website Accessibility eValuation Tool (WAVE).  I was focussing on the colours of the websites. The result for Apple page (the left picture) was predictable since the colours were mainly black and white, but the information for the shops and the copyright was greyish and got picked up by WAVE tool. I then checked Twitter login page (the right picture). At first I thought that blue and white were contrasting colour but again, the tool highlighted the parts with low contrast. I was amazed!

 

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