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Week 2-3

Posted by LibeRaCe on November 30, 2015

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“Digital betacam tape (6498599453)” by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt from Copenhagen, Danmark

 

A double up of our MOOC after a very busy couple of weeks where we are also helping out with blended learning case studies because of this course.

Week 2

What I was waiting for really – real time examples of blended learning and technology in actions. A relief that actually the things we had been trying with VLE’s , video conferencing, forums, social media and collaborative documents are all on the right track. But also a realisation that for some learners, espeically WBL, a VLE might not be the main solution. The use of apps like iObserve and Coach my video have given us great ideas and we have also started to support a QIF bid using screen capture to support off site learners and support others to create case studies based on this. Real like and online life collide!

 

Week 3

No so unfamiliar this one, with us using Moodle extensively with our learners of all levels. The tools we use within it now are great for supporting self reflection, collaboration, independent learning as highlighted in the week 3 video. Thinking about the content though has made me realise that apart from forums and and wiki’s we need more student generated content to support learning. First idea is annotated diagrams created by a group of learners and then compare this to the pre-designed version I prepared for class. I also think audio feedback would be another element to include – either for us as tutors or learners in their reflective practice. I might also start to take time at the end of a teaching session to record a 1 minute summary as one of the case studies mentioned in their video.

 

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Digital Library (on paper)

Posted by LibeRaCe on July 9, 2013

Digital Library (on paper)

That’s the summer reading sorted! Watch out Library Foundation Degree and ICT in Libraries classes of 2013 🙂

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Password Protection or why it can pay to be paranoid!

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 24, 2013

This is the first (of many hopefully!) blog contributions from our Library and Learning Technology Service extended family tree in Grwp Llandrillo Menai. This week Dan, based at Rhos site, wants to tell you a story ….are you sitting comfortably? Now let’s begin…..

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Password security is something that I take very seriously. All of my passwords are undecipherable gibberish and at least 20 characters long, and I don’t use the same password for any two services. Some of you may think I go too far, that I’m paranoid and I’m tempted to agree. It wasn’t always like this though. I’ve been happily reliant on the same 4 (admittedly quite strong) passwords since I first got to log on to a computer. That all changed in April of 2011.

I’d finished work, met up with some friends and we’d headed back to mine to have a quick gaming session before heading to the pub. I got home, switched on the PS3 and started signing in to my account. After an unusually long wait I was shown this message –

Play station message screen shot

Odd. Never mind though, a few offline games and off out we went. Next day I tried again, only to be met with the same message. Now I was a little concerned and I turned to the Internet for help. Very quickly I found out that it wasn’t just me. Sony’s entire online network seemed to be down and they were keeping incredibly quiet as to why. The days turned to weeks and the network stayed down. As more and more details were revealed the extent of the problem came to light and it horrified me.

Sony announced that the personal data of every single one of its 77 million users had been stolen in a huge breach. The hackers had my name, location, email address, gaming preferences and worst of all, my PlayStation username and password; one of the four passwords I ran my entire online life with.

The scariest part of this entire breach was the lack of security surrounding the storage of these passwords. Once the simple encryption was broken, the hackers had a list of usernames and passwords stored as simple readable text. That’s when I started looking at passwords differently. Before the entire Sony fiasco I was confident with my four strong passwords. Nobody could guess them so my accounts were safe. After this I realised that I could be using the strongest password known to man and it wouldn’t matter at all if these sites got breached. If a technology giant like Sony were storing my password in a text file behind a simple, easily breakable encryption, why do I trust that the hundreds of other services I use are storing it more securely?

These kinds of breaches are not unique to Sony. They received huge amounts of publicity due to the scale of the whole incident, but big companies are constantly being breached and a lot of it goes unreported – 96,000 Spotify usernames and passwords were posted online on the 20th March; Living Social announced a breach affecting 50 Million Users in April and back in February, quarter of a million Twitter User’s details appeared online. It’s happening all of the time and, unless you are actively looking for it, you may not even know that you’ve been compromised.  That’s why sites such as www.shouldichangemypassword.com exist.

image of Twitter message from www.shouldichangemypasword.com

Screenshot of tweet from @sicmyp

This is the reason I now take an active interest in my password security.  I am glad to say that nothing happened to my account after the Sony incident. My bank details were swiftly removed and my passwords changed everywhere. Now I try to keep on top of the latest advances in password security and while I don’t consider myself to be a technical whizz, I think I read enough on the subject to offer some sound advice as to how to create some strong and unique passwords to make sure that they are safe from all but the most resourceful of hacks.

This is why I have created the following Password Mastery hand out. Creating strong passwords ensures that they will be difficult to break. Creating unique passwords ensures that should one website get hacked into, you can at least be reassured that the rest of your online life is safe. Most people only start worrying about the security of their passwords when it’s already too late. Be proactive and ensure it doesn’t happen to you.

picture of two giant pairs of underpants

Image from deltamike via Flickr creative commons

Passwords are like underwear.

You should change them often, you shouldn’t leave them lying around and it’s not a good idea to share them with other people.

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Foundation Degree Tweet-up!

Posted by LibeRaCe on February 14, 2013

Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Glyndwr University Love Twitter

Monday 18th February – Set your Twitter accounts to Stun!

Learners on the Library Foundation Degree courses in Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Glyndwr University are linking up for the whole week through Twitter – sharing, advising, supporting and ultimately helping each group explore the possibilities of Social Media for collaboration and professional development.

Using the hashtag #FDLIB Glyndwr learners will be completing their ‘Group Work in a Week’ project to develop a marketing campaign for World Book Night. You can also follow contributions from @LlandrilloLib and @glynlib

This is hopefully the first of many Tweet-ups Library Foundation Degree course learners can take part in to link across the region and work collaboratively to see the benefits of Social Media for study, work and life! We’ll be keeping track of the conversation here and on Storify, so if you can’t access Twitter during work you can still contribute.

Good luck out there!

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FREE Training – Social Media in Libraries @ Grwp Llandrillo Menai

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 3, 2012

*PLEASE SHARE some information about a FREE taster session for the Professional Development Award of ICT in Libraries qualification (ICTL) that Grwp Llandrillo Menai Library staff are running on the 22nd May from 10.00-3.00pm at the Rhos on Sea Campus. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided.

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already know about tools like Google+, Google Docs, LinkedIn, Twitter or Blogger, right? But do you know someone who thinks these could be a great help but who never had the chance/time/opportunity to try them out? Then this could be their lucky day! This FREE taster session will be a chance to take part in, and complete, a unit of the ICTL qualification called Digital Culture – Online Communication. The unit is designed to give people the chance to learn in bite sized pieces and explore the social media tools mentioned above – all in the context of using them in a library or information service.

Everyone involved will be encouraged to try out these tools to discover their relevance/potential to their Library services and most importantly to share and comment as a group on your experiences. Participants will be encouraged to complete some of the assignments during the session, with further online support and tutor contact after the session to reach the learning outcomes. Your tutor will be there throughout to give context, direction, answer questions and support learners.

 
To book your place on the free taster session of the Online Communication Unit in Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Rhos on Sea campus on 22nd May @10.30, please contact me off list at siona.murray@llandrillo.ac.uk.
  

 
To learn more about the full ICTL programme, the course website is here – http://www.ictl.org.uk/. Level 7 and Level 8 of the ICTL are usually completed by participants during Sept – May. There are limited CyMAL funded placements on the full course for 2012/2013 – please contact LLTS Manager Andrew Eynon for more details at a.eynon@llandrillo.ac.uk .

Diolch,

SĂ­ona Murray
Information Officer – Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
(01492) 542342 or @LlandrilloLib #ICTL2012 on Twitter

*icon image above from 'Introducing the Conversation' 

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Safer Internet Day – tomorrow 8th Feb 2011

Posted by LibeRaCe on February 7, 2011

Safer Internet Day

“Internet, it’s more than just a game – it’s your life”

Learn more about staying safe online, supporting digital life-skills and become web savvy by checking out –

InSafe the Safer Internet Day organisers

Safer Internet Day on Facebook

UK Safer Internet Centre

Race Online 2012

Twitter Safer Internet Safety Day updates and #SID2011

Beat Bullying Cyber-Mentors

 ECrime Wales Space Invaders!

our delicious.com be_safe_online bookmarks

Coleg Llandrillo Staff and students can also use the E-Safety resources crreated by Library staff on Moodle. Log-in and click on ‘cross college resources’ then click on the ‘e-safety’ link.

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Llandrillo Library and Intro Connect students win CyMAL Information Literacy Grant

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 20, 2011

 Coleg Llandrillo Library staff with the help of the Intro Connect students have won a share in a recent  CyMAL Information Literacy grant award! While the group didn’t win the separate overall student prize, the resources created were well received and their winning entry will help to support other Intro Connect and ILS groups throughout Wales.

The short screencast entitled ‘Think Before You Click’ was created during tutorial sessions with the students and their tutors while discussing e-safety and web awareness. The students shared their ideas for the slides, gave feedback on the draft presentations and recorded their own voice-overs for the final edit. The screencast is part of a wider bi-lingual resource package with powerpoint slides, handouts and a short quiz. These are now also being used on the Llandrillo E-Safety pages for the college.

Information officer SĂ­ona Murray said ” the students were a fantastic group to work with, very enthusiastic and full of ideas. We had a great time recording the audio tracks and deciding on the slides. The class tutors were very supportive of the whole project from the start and very generously set aside class time to enable the students to get involved.”

For more information on the project and general e-safety activities for FE, please contact siona.murray@llandrillo.ac.uk or @Llandrillolib on Twitter!

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Fact from fiction online – aliens, time travel and pasta

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 17, 2011

But I saw it on the [insert media channel here] so it must be true!

How to engage with students when sneakily trying to teach them a bit more about information literacy and challenging perceptions? No easy task, but we thought we’d take a different slant so they didn’t just switch off when shown examples of webpages – it’s hard when you’re 16 to not think you know if all and that the oldie (even when they’re not that old!) at the top of the classroom hasn’t a clue.

So – if the Web is their mass media of today, what about before all that technology was developed? Re-discovering old hoaxes and looking at new ones can be a great way to start students thinking about trust, perception and how the technology of the time can affect the masses. It helps to increase their sceptical superpowers and to highlight things to help them decide if a source is reliable, current and relevant.

So we’ve used Three wise monkeys exercise, aliens, pasta and even time travel to get the message across! Any other ideas for hoaxes to use?

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New E-Safety resources from Llandrillo Library

Posted by LibeRaCe on October 25, 2010

This week we uploaded the new E-Safety resources and guides on to Moodle and delivered the first students and staff sessions. Eye opening for all involved !

You can also access the resources here tell us what you think….

Library staff have been reviewing and collating a wide range of e-safety material available online over the past few months. This has be collected and presented in a new way by breaking the units into 5, 10 and 30 minute sessions. This makes it easier for staff to explore the material themselves in their own time, but also makes it easier to include the training in class time without causing major timetabling problems.

You can also check out the library delicious feed for loads more regularly updated e-safety content. Becoming web-aware, knowing about safer social networking and understanding how to manage your digital footprint are vital life skills that all students (and staff and adults and children) should know about.

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Student Reading Group – Recruiting Now!

Posted by LibeRaCe on September 17, 2010

 

Students can already share their opinions and favourite/most hated reads in the Blog Off and Read! group on Moodle.

BUT

Would you like to meet up with other like-minded students on a regular basis to chat about the ‘read of the week’ and share ideas face to face?

Is that a YES!?!

Well then, you’ll need to contact our Senior Information officer Pat Hebron and she’ll do the rest.

Send an email to p.hebron@llandrillo.ac.uk with your –

Name

ID Number

Course

Preferred Contact Email

Times of the week that would suit you best

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