Social Media Workshop for Continuing Professional Development

The University of Ulster, School of Education is holding a workshop on social media for continuing professional development and improving professional practice.

With the emergence of social media, a new approach to learning and professional development has opened up. This workshop will help show you how it works.

Basic Workshop details:

Title: Social media for continuing professional development and improving professional practice

Date: Thursday 25 November 2010

Time: 10am -1pm

Location: University of Ulster, Coleraine campus

Enrolment Fee: £55 (£10 for University of Ulster Staff)

Facilitator: Anne Peoples (guest blogger here on the Media Literacy NI blog: CROSSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: a basic kit for the adult learner)

Full details and application form can be accessed from the link below (pdf document):

Library and Information Workshops

(Lifelong Learning, UU: Tel: 028 9036 6680)

Finding out about Social Media (Workshop)

A Social Media workshop is being held as part of the Talks and Tours programme at the University of Ulster in Coleraine on Saturday 17th July.  It is being delivered by Anne Peoples, a guest blogger on this site and author of the popular “Crossing the Digital Divide – a basic kit for the adult learner” blog post.

The event is open to anyone and will focus on personal use of Social Media, including for independent learning.  Here are the full details:

Title: Finding out about Social Media

Date: Saturday 17th July

Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm

Location: Learning Resource Centre, University of Ulster Coleraine Campus

Description: This participatory presentation will help anyone who feels that they are getting left behind in today’s digital world to enhance their knowledge about the most popular social media tools and technologies and their use. There will be an opportunity to sample some of them online. Participants will learn about reading and writing blogs, using Facebook, Skype and Twitter, photosharing on Flickr and picasa, learning online with podcasts and YouTube, getting organized with iGoogle, bookmarks and rSS feeds, and also about managing privacy and security online.

Enrolment Fee: adults £10, students, jobseekers and under 18s £7

About Anne Peoples: Anne is a tutor in Library and Information Management at the University of Ulster. She delivers workshops on Social Media for personal learning and professional development.

Find out more: further information is available from Janet Mackle 028 7032 4683 (Talks and Tours)

If Social Media is something that interests you then this is a great opportunity to learn more.

NDI10 Digital Participation

The 5th National Digital Inclusion Conference is being held on the 10th and 11th March 2010 in the Vinopolis Conference Centre, London.  It’s titled ‘Digital Participation: Passing IT on’ and hopes to build momentum within the digital inclusion community by looking for practical ways to ensure that agenda is sustained.

There is a very impressive line-up of speakers and the event seems to capture the digital participation buzz.  For instance, there’s a dedicated social network site that you can join, ‘Digital Engagement‘, and the event is being streamed online free – so if that appeals sign-up here.

Last year’s event is still available for viewing free online.

Ofcom’s Media Literacy Bulletin (Feb 2010)

Some highlights from the latest bulletin:

  • The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) launched its ‘Click Clever Click Safe’ campaign.  Remember the digital Code ‘Zip It, Block It, Flag It’.
  • Digital Unite launches site for grandparents
  • Hold an event for Adult Learners’ Week 2010 (15 to 21 May 2010)
  • New Quick Reads e-books launched (a particular favourite of mine)
  • YouTube launches ‘Safety Mode’


  • The ‘Bring IT On’ campaign provides greater clarity of the NI IT sector
  • Young People gain more experience of the IT industry at UU Magee campus
  • Microsoft and PSNI roll out online safety programme in primary schools

Diary Date:

  • National Digital Inclusion Conference: Digital Participation – 10 and 11 March
  • In Media We Trust? – 18 March

These are just a few highlights, read the full bulletin on the Ofcom website.

Media Literacy e-bulletin from Ofcom (Jan 2010)

Some highlights from the latest Ofcom ebulletin:

BBC unveils 2010 media literacy activity

The BBC have a strong showing in March with BBC Radio 2 running a media literacy campaign throughout the month and BBC2’s Working Lunch having a ‘digital inclusion week’.

Online Basics course for adults launched

New courses launched to help adults gain the skills and confidence to get online:

‘Get Digital’ campaign

Digital Unite and NIACE have announced a new digital inclusion programme, ‘Get Digital’.  The focus will be on digital literacy skills for older residents in sheltered housing.

Northern Ireland – Ofcom Media Literacy Workshop

Ofcom will hold a Media Literacy workshop entitled: ‘Digital Content: One man’s journey of exploration’ on Thursday 11 February.

National Digital Inclusion Conference: Digital Participation – 11 and 12 March

The conference will bring together digital inclusion players, providers, policy makers and practitioners to share best practice, make connections and practical pledges to make digital inclusion happen. The line-up of speakers looks really good with the following to confirm: Martha Lane Fox, Tim Berners Lee, Stephen Timms MP and the Obama administration.

Games Based Learning Conference – 29 and 30 March

This again looks like another very good confernce.  It’s aimed at those interested in the positive impact that video games, social media and augmented reality technology are having on learning.  Having seen a demo of serious game technology in relation to healthcare at a recent conference in the University of  Ulster I feel this presents an exciting advancement in learning and skills development.

The full January Media Literacy ebulletin can be accessed on the Ofcom website.

Anti-Bullying Week

This is a week long event organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

16-20 November 2009
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week campaign is ‘Stay safe in cyberspace’. The focus on cyberbullying is reflected in the resource pack sent to schools in England and the pack of resources for FE colleges.

Related Reading:

Get Safe Online begins this week

Get Safe Online begins this week.  Read more and learn how you could help.