Posted by: Clive | December 3, 2008

Email alerts

I find email alerts to be a great system for getting information that might be useful into my in-box and before my eyes. It’s easy to delete something, but not receiving the update/news item can be critical. I have email alerts with publishers, journals, conference organisors and professional organisations. I also have google alerts set up with particular search items so when items are added I get notified.

One alerts service you might be interested in comes from the careers service:

Register here to receive a range of careers information of your choice! Select information on relevant events, vacancies, courses, work experience opportunities or self employment.

Register now for information that could help you develop your ‘employability’ early on in your course and help you look forward to graduation and beyond with confidence!

The link is: http://careers.mmu.ac.uk/register/

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Posted by: Clive | December 2, 2008

Collecting data

I know you may feel this is a little premature, but if you are conducting an empirical independent study you really must start to think about what data you are planning to collect and how you might collect it.

To help you think through some of the issues around data collection there will be a workshop on Thursday 4th December 10-12 in media suite room 3.

Posted by: Clive | December 2, 2008

Placement Updates

Could those students who are registered for the placement unit please update me on progress before the end of term. I am available for tutorials to assist you in structuring your assignment for this unit – so please make use of me!

Posted by: Clive | December 2, 2008

Who can you trust?

Many of you are now probably starting first assignments for the units you are taking this year. As you sift through materials in preparation for those assignments it’s worth thinking for a minute about the status of readings you collect – especially those from the web. Stephen Downes has written a good guide to evaluating such materials – Principles for Evaluating Websites.

How do you know whether something you read on the web is true? You can’t know, at least, not for sure. This makes it important to read carefully and to evaluate what you read. This guide will tell you how.

Posted by: Clive | November 11, 2008

Workshop reminder

Just a reminder that there will be an independent study workshop tomorrow, Thursday 13th 10-12 in Room 8 in the media suite. We will be looking at appropriate methodology and effective methods.

Posted by: Clive | October 30, 2008

New info skills tutorial

Do you still have problems formatting citations? If so, have a look at a new tutorial that explains how to use the references feature on Microsoft Word 2007. It’s on the info skills page. The direct link is:

http://independentstudy0809.wordpress.com/document-archive/info-skills/#Citations

Posted by: Clive | October 30, 2008

Options Forms

Would those students who have yet to sign their options forms please pass by my office to do so.

Posted by: Clive | October 30, 2008

ProDev Day

The careers service is presently advertising an event that might be of interest:

The Manchester Digital / MMU Business School ProDev Day
Wednesday 12th November, 12:00 – 15:30

Briefly the ProDev day will offer: –

The opportunity to meet the big and small players in the digital and creative sector right here in Manchester! (Did you know Manchester has the second largest digital and creative sector in Europe?)
There are opportunities in marketing, graphic design, web design and computing technologies – students studying on any year of any course who are interested in the digital sector are welcome!

More information at:

http://prodevday.wordpress.com/

Posted by: Clive | October 16, 2008

Submitting your proposal

Just a reminder: there are new procedures for submitting assignments in the Faculty. I did mention this at our first meeting this term but in the excitement of finishing your proposal and submitting it …

Details about those new procedures are available on our document archives page:

https://independentstudy0809.wordpress.com/document-archive/

Can I also remind you that there will be an independent study workshop next Thursday, 23rd October, when we will begin to look at ‘reviewing the literature’. I will also use that session to ask you to sign your official electives forms.

Good luck in ‘polishing’ that proposal.

Posted by: Clive | October 9, 2008

Placement Unit information

I checked up on the information about assessment procedures for the placement unit. The written report should be 2,000 words and the deadline for submission is the 1st May 2009.

I’ve also uploaded the placement information pack including assessment procedures onto the blog. It’s available on the Document Archive page.

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