Thing 11: Finding presentations and podcasts

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“The information is everywhere”
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The internet is swollen with interesting content, including broadcasts, lectures, slideshows and demonstrations. Materials are becoming easier to obtain on almost any subject. Knowing what’s out there and how to get it can supplement your research, and especially teaching.

Podcasts are audio – or increasingly video – files broadcast online (for example, recordings of radio programmes, lectures, readings, drama, interviews or music). You can listen to or view a podcast online, but they can also be downloaded, and you can usually subscribe to a series of podcasts via RSS, so that it automatically downloads to your computer or mobile device (iTunes makes this easy).

Podcasts aren’t the only way to put presentations online, however; sites such as Slideshare allow users to post presentations of all sorts. YouTube can also be a treasure-trove of quality information.

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Thing 10: Exploring images online

Social media and digital tools are great for both finding and sharing images online. The images that you find and share can have multiple uses, including for your research.

Ever wondered where you can find a great image to give your presentation or blog post the edge? Or wanted to share an image of yourself doing something amazing for your research? Images can dramatically enhance communication of your research online, amongst peers, or with the public.

We’ll cover two types of image tools: online photo storing and sharing sites such as Flickr that allow you to upload lots of your own photos, and sites such as Instagram and Pinterest that are designed for sharing.

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“This one is for my researcher profile page”
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Thing 9: Exploring Wikipedia

Did you know?

Wikipedia is the best example of what the ‘wisdom of crowds’ can achieve [citation needed], although it is not without its detractors. To get an overview of the pros and cons, read the Wikipedia page about Wikipedia itself, and some of the pages linked to and from it. Wikipedia is often criticised as inaccurate or unreliable, but it is, in fact, one of the biggest sources of factual information online, and studies have shown that in many cases its accuracy compares favourably to other established online encyclopaedias. Even controversial Wikipedia articles can offer an excellent picture of the controversy itself via an article’s discussion page. Like any encyclopaedia, Wikipedia articles can be a great starting point for research.

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