Just a couple more weeks until #issotl14 Quebec City

I’m looking forward to attending the annual conference held by the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Quebec City, 22-25 October 2014.

I will be presenting a paper, however the main purpose in making this trip is to get an up close look at the current interdisciplinary work around SoTL.

My paper focuses on PLT practitioner as a still-emergent professional trajectory in law. Institutional PLT has been around in Australia since the 1970s, but is still novel in the arc of the English common law tradition. There are some interesting epistemological challenges and opportunities for PLT practitioners and PLT providers around “what counts” in PLT teaching and learning.

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Working with figshare

figsharekgI recently added 27 items to figshare, which is an excellent repository for storing your research outputs.

Outputs can include figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets.

A lovely thing about this set up, is that figshare attaches a DOI (digital object identifier) to each item. This helps to make all the items capable of citation, and easy to share. Because each item has its own DOI, you can also “altmetric it”, using the Altmetric Bookmarklet. This can reveal whether the item has been shared on social media and online citation managers.

I think it is possible to use figshare for blog posts too. For example, you could save a blog post as a PDF file, upload it to figshare as a “paper”, and tag it as “blog”, together with other relevant tags. It is true that you can already cite a blog post with reference to its URL, but I’m wondering if attaching the post to a DOI might prove to be a more durable form of referencing for research purposes? See C. Titus Brown’s blog post (and the comments attached to it) for an interesting discussion about this last point.

I will be adding more materials to my figshare profile.

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PleagleTrainer tries Pinterest

I was inspired by a post from the Social Media Research Collective blog to try out Pinterest. Click the image below to see my efforts from 1 hour’s work:

PleagleTrainer on Pinterest I’ve just collated some of my own work so far, so this is only a bit of self-curation. But in doing this I can easily understand how Pinterest could be a useful research and data sharing tool. I commend the Social Media Collective’s blog post to you, it shares excellent insights about using this tool.

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S|M| i |L|E Social Media in Legal Education

twitteravatartisedIt is early days, but there is a new blog in town…

S|M| i |L|E  Social Media in Legal Education is a new collaborative project involving Australian legal academics. The project emerged out of discussions between four academics attending the Australasian Law Teachers Association annual conference at Bond University (Gold Coast, Queensland) during July 2014. It aims to be a useful resource for academics, ECRs and HDR students, law students, and legal practitioners.

 

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Using Scrivener with NVivo

Scrivener is a very lovely app for drafting lengthy or complex documents. I’ll be honest – I love it. Regular followers of this blog will know that I also work with NVivo, computer-aided qualitative data analysis software.

I’ve made a short presentation about using Scrivener and NVivo together:

Let me know what you think.

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