Tuesday 8 May 2012

my infographic CV / resume / about me

I have created a CV as an infographic.
For the following reasons:
1. I like infographics
2. I wanted to a have a visual representation of some of my professional and work life as a summary and a starting point.
3. I think it will appeal to others and make a change from a more traditional format.
4. The infographic is not meant to be a CV in the traditional sense and the one that I've made public does not include all the details especially not personal details or contact details as such.  I have a more detailed one with links through to more information.

The  infographic CV / resume / about me can be found on my website as a pdf https://sites.google.com/site/cracajile/clairedonlan

and below as an image

Tuesday 1 May 2012

eResponsibility Forum

Last week I attended the regional eResponsibility Forum meeting which was held at the City Learning Centre in South Shields.  The forum is attended by representatives from schools, colleges, local authorities and councils and other agencies such as Northern Grid for Learning and the Police.
Merv Stapleton from JISC RSC Northern gave an interesting presentation about Managing your Digital Footprint and there were some activities about using the different social networking tools and how they link people together. 
One activity was about donuts

Another activity was snippets of information about people and you had to work out how they were connected and also how their information could be accessed by other people who were connected to someone connected to them!

Then there was a talk by from Mick Young from NGfL showing the latest esafety resources that can be used in schools and colleges and some CEOP resources that can be used.
The video resources are useful especially for schools showing how to use Facebook and other social media platforms safely but also trying to explain to young people that once you have put a photo online then you have no control over it and no control over who sees it.

I think eSafety is very important but it is a matter of being eResponsible - you are not going to stop young people from using social networking and indeed you shouldn't, but it is important to interact in the same way as you would in real life.  You wouldn't pass round unsuitable photos of yourself to friends or friends of friends or strangers so why would you post one online.
I think it's important to be positive about using the Internet and highlight the benefits aswell as the pitfalls.

North East Learning Environments (NELE) meeting

This terms North East Learning Environments (NELE) meeting was held at Teesside University.  The group is made up from representatives from Universities and Colleges in the North East region and meetings or events are held every term at different venues.  The format of the event is usually presentations or demonstrations in the morning and then discussions in the afternoon.
Ralph Holland from South Tyneside College demonstrated Articulate presenter, Quiz Maker and Engage with some examples of its use for esafety resources.  This was interesting for us as we want to compare it with Adobe Presenter which we are trying out. 
Richard Glover from Teesside University demonstrated how they are using Wordpress and creating multi user pages.  This was interesting and impressive although I'm not sure where it would fit in especially in a College - between the Intranet and the Website?
The group is valuable as there is always lots of discussion and sharing of good practice.  There is a good mix between Colleges and Universities.  The Colleges that attended were Middlesbrough, South Tyneside, Sunderland.  The Universities that attended were Teesside, Durham, Northumbria and Leeds. Also a representative from JISC RSC Northern. 
Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the discussions after lunch as I had to get back to College to deliver a training session but I have heard that they discussed a wide range of topics.