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Digital is more than just the web – lessons from IWMW14

Last month, IWMW14 came to town. Our town. At our invitation. So we worked hard to make it an event worthy of a place we love. With our conference team taking care of the organisation, I was able to sit in on the sessions, so I thought I should blog about them here.

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Better event streaming with Hangouts on Air

Google Hangouts on Air offers an easy way to stream live events. The difficult part is setting up multiple sources for audio and video capture to ensure a good viewer experience. That’s something I got chance to experiment with recently.

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Visitors and Residents at the Jisc Digital Festival

I was at the Jisc Digital Festival last week to help run a workshop based around the new Visitors and Residents resources we’ve developed with Dave White of the University of Oxford. If you missed that, you can find out all about them here.

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Google Glass Guinea Pigs – volunteering as research participants

It didn’t take much to persuade m eto sign up as participants in a research study that gives them the change to try out Google Glass. In this post, I explain why I was keen to volunteer and try to justify that it wasn’t just about being paid for eating!

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Helping Newcastle University become more digitally literate

The Newcastle University event “Go Digital – Thriving in a Digital World” was all about showcasing the breadth of the digital stuff people do across campus, sharing ideas and inspiring each other. Most of the Netskills team was there and actively involved in what proved to be an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

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Research websites – one size doesn’t fit all

Helping researchers tell others about their research is an important part of our remit. Sometimes that’s by helping them create digital stories, sometimes through better use of social media and sometimes through a good old fashioned website. As it was in this case where I built a multilingual WordPress site for a research network spanning many institutions and countries.

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Home Automation – DIY 2.0

Automation of homes to control lighting, heating and appliances promises convenience and energy efficiency. In this post, I learned more about the practicalities from the experiments of an early adopter at a recent SuperMondays meetup.

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Get started with WordPress

We just added some of the training resources we use to support our WordPress training to Share, our content repository, for you to take, use and remix for free. These materials will help you understand the potential of WordPress and how to get started with running your own installation.

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According to Plan – a tool to help you plan and run events in Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Plan lets you create a structured session plan in advance of a live event in Collaborate. This will save you time uploading content and configuring the system so that you can spend it helping people learn. Here Steve describes how Plan works and how we use it to make our online workshops run more smoothly.

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Pi Day Live – 45 minutes in the oven

Pi Day Live was 45 mins of high-pressure live event activity that we’re all still talking about and buzzing from. It was an innovative online format that was challenging to support, but that we are proud of helping to make a success. So much so that we’ve made a special “Netskills uncut” story about our part in the day that you can watch here.

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