Information Skills Training Sessions Jan – Mar 2017

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book.

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions

You will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes, find out about useful Twitter functions and tools such as Hootsuite and Storify.
Recommended for: Useful for anyone involved in a team or department Twitter account, or thinking of creating one.
Requirements: Users should be familiar with Twitter, as there will be a hands on element to the session.
Mon 13th Feb 12.00 – 13.30

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Wed 25th Jan 12.00 – 13.00
Tues 7th Mar 12.00 – 13.00

Searching databases using OvidSP
Mon 23rd Jan – 10.00 – 11.30
Mon 20th Feb – 11.00 – 12.30
Tues 21st Mar – 14.00 – 15.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Tues 24th Jan 11.00 – 12.30
Tues 21st Feb 11.00 – 12.30
Mon 20th Mar 11.00 – 12.30

Searching NHS databases
Tues 17th Jan 14.00-15.30
Thurs 9th Feb 11.00-12.30
Thurs 23rd Feb 10.00-11.30
Tues 7th Mar 10.00 – 11.30
Thurs 23rd Mar 14.00 – 15.30

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thurs 16th Mar 10.30 – 12.00

Keeping up to date
Weds 15th Feb 12.30 – 14.00

Citation metrics – an overview
Thurs 23rd Feb 12.00-13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Weds 18th Jan 13.00-16.00
Tues 21st Feb 13.00-16.00
Thurs 23rd Mar 10.00- 13.00

Refworks
Email: liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange a time

Getting Started with Twitter
Fri 27th Jan 12.00 – 13.30

Personalized training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

 

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Information Skills Training Sessions Oct – Dec 2016

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book.

Personalized training
If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions
Mon 12th Dec 12.00 – 13:30
A follow up to our Getting Started with Twitter workshop, you will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes. Centred around a case study, you will find out about useful Twitter functions and relevant third party tools such as Vines, Hootsuite and Storify.

Evidence based healthcare resources
Tues 25th Oct 10.00 – 11.30
Tues 29th Nov 14.00 – 15.30
Mon 19th Dec 11.00 – 12.30

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Thurs 1st Dec 12.00 – 13.00

Searching databases using OvidSP
Tues 8th Nov 10.00 – 11.00
Weds 7th Dec 13.00 – 17.00

You can also email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange the following session:

  • Searching NHS databases

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Tues 8th Nov 15.00 – 16.30

Keeping up to date
Tues 15th Nov 12.00 – 13.30

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Tues 18th Oct 10.00 – 13.00
Thurs 24th Nov 10.00 – 13.00
Weds 14th Dec 13.00 – 16.00

Getting started with Twitter
Thursday 17 Nov 12-1.30pm

You can also email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange the following sessions:

  • Citation metrics – an overview
  • Refworks

Library inductions

Introduction to St. George’s Library and health information for NHS staff
Weds 19th Oct 11.00-12.00
Weds 16th Nov 11.00-12.00
Weds 14th Dec 11.00-12.00

 

Library ♥ Moodle: Find out more about the team and the new Pronunciation Guide

Library <3 Moodle

This post is about getting the know the Moodle team and also includes a brief introduction to the pronunciation guide for students.

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Meet the team (in their own words)

Pete Roberts 

“The Learning Technology Services team (with an emphasis on Learning) look after existing Technology Enhanced Learning platforms – like our Moodle VLE and Myprogress.  

There’s a lot I like about our role in St George’s – for example it’s nice that staff and students can just drop in to see us during the working week. This connects us with our users so we can address issues quickly and make improvements where necessary. I really like the variety, one minute we’ll be helping someone to make a screencast and the next we’ll be helping staff design a learning activity in Moodle – like the pronunciation guide with Dr SanYuMay Tun – which speaks unfamiliar medical terms out loud.  

It’s quite interesting that no one can seem to agree on what a Learning Technologist is – or for that matter the job title which seems to be different at every University, but it’s really a bunch of different skills covering technology and pedagogy.   

It’s taken me a while to realise this, but you really do learn all the time – and skills you don’t even think about from years ago come in very useful. For example I did a BSc in Biological Sciences and recently a PG Cert in Online and Distance education with the Open University – but I regularly draw on experience from every other random thing I’ve ever done – I was in a band, produced videos, developed web sites large and small, was an online journalist, teaching assistant, photographer, sound engineer, ambient DJ and electronic musician. Funnily enough it all helps.”

Kerry Dixon 

“I graduated last summer with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences. As part of my degree I  completed a placement year at St George’s as a Learning Technologist enabling me to gain experience and new skills. After graduating I worked for a while in electronic clinical trial assessment before rejoining St George’s in November. I am interested in science communication/ education and I enjoy creating online learning resources and activities such as quizzes.”

 Jacquelene Gill 

“With a degree in BSc in Managing Business Information and subsequent qualifications in learning and technology I have had a varied background in IS/IT.  I have enjoyed developing systems, training users and managing the implementation/upgrade of various technologies.  I am currently supporting Myprogress (the ePortfolio system used at SGUL) for both students and staff which keeps me busy.  Aside from work I love arts and crafts, knitting, music, singing and the simple things in life.  I do try to incorporate creativity into my work as long as time, resources, ‘brain power’ permit. “

Ludmilla Dias  

“I am currently studying a Computer Science degree at Brunel University London. For my placement year, I am working as a Learning Technologist at St George’s University to gain work experience in relation to my degree. Alongside the Learning Technology Services team, my role involves tasks surrounding Moodle and Myprogress. By the end of my placement, I hope to gain skills that I can use in the future, potentially for my Final Year Project, and further understanding of the career fields I could possibly get into.”


The Pronunciation Guide on Moodle

The pronunciation guide is a new resource created for students by Dr SanYuMay Tun, with the help of the Moodle team.

She gave us a few words on how she came up with the idea for the guide.

In my teaching sessions, I was finding that students were sometimes hesitating to contribute in discussions because of uncertainty over how to pronounce words they had only come across in written form.
To help with this, I developed an audio pronunciation guide so that you can hear the words spoken aloud and practise saying them confidently. The concept is that I add new words according to requests, which are anonymous. There’s also a feedback page so suggestions and comments would be great. Give it a try!
Dr SanYuMay Tun

The guide can be found in the Student Help Area in Moodle.

 

e-Learning for Healthcare now available via OpenAthens

logo_elfhHealth Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) resources are now available via OpenAthens. HEE e-LfH Hub has been added to the list of OpenAthens resources giving users access to a series of online resources free of charge with just a single OpenAthens account.

HEE e-LfH currently offers more than 100 programmes comprising of more than ten thousand e-learning sessions. The programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.

Sessions are developed in partnership with the professional bodies, Department of Health policy teams and other NHS bodies such as NHS England and Public Health England. The programmes aim to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7.  The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. The HEE e-LfH Hub records user activity, enabling users to run reports on all their learning activity and build a transferable life-long learning portfolio. The reports can be viewed online, or downloaded in PDF or Excel formats for use offline.

You can find the new content by going to https://openathens.nice.org.uk/Auth/Login. Log in with your OpenAthens username and password, and click on My Resources in the menu on the left hand side.

To register for an OpenAthens account please visit: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/

For more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit: http://support.e-lfh.org.uk/get-started/openathens/

 

Information Skills Training Sessions Jul – Sept 2016

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book.

Personalized training
If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Evidence based healthcare resources
Thursday 28 Jul 10.30 -12pm
Tuesday 23 Aug 3-4.30pm
Wednesday 21 Sept 3.30-5pm

You can also email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange the following sessions:

  • Searching databases using Ebscohost
  • Searching databases using OvidSP
  • Searching NHS databases

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thursday 25 Aug 10.30-12pm
Wednesday 14 Sept 3-4.30pm

Keeping up to date
Thursday 19 Jul 11am-12.30pm

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Thursday 26 July 1-4pm
Tuesday 30 Aug 1-4pm
Thursday 29 Sept 10am-1pm

*New *  Getting started with Twitter
Monday 15 Aug 12-1.30pm

You can also email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange the following sessions:

  • Citation metrics – an overview
  • Refworks

Library inductions

Introduction to St. George’s Library and health information for NHS staff
Wednesday 10 Aug 10am
Wednesday 7 Sept 10am

Library ♥ IT Training: An Interview with Fiona Graham

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This month we are promoting IT Training at St George’s Library. Fiona Graham is our IT Training Manager who has over 15 years of experience in Microsoft Office training at St George’s, University of London, also covering Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (joint with Kingston), and St George’s Hospital.

We’ve put a few questions to Fiona about how she helps users at St George’s.

Q. Fiona, tell us about examples of how you can help users at St George’s?

I can help users, students, teaching staff, admin staff, NHS staff, with anything related to using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Projects, OneNote and Outlook. I run training sessions on Microsoft Office for staff and students at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. I also offer 1-2-1 training and run a twice-weekly drop-in clinic [details below].

What I help people with varies from day to day. I’ve helped several staff members working in Student Registry. One staff member who maintain spreadsheets with student information, wanted the quickest and easiest way to produce some reports with charts, and to use that information collected in a PowerPoint presentation. I demonstrated pivot tables and showed them how to link their data to PowerPoint. I also showed them how to tidy up the data, add drop down lists for consistent data input, and how to auto-update reports and charts by refreshing data in pivot tables. This meant they did not have to keep creating new tables, saving them time in the long term. That’s just one example of what I can do.

Q. What do users mostly ask for help with?

To mention a few of the queries that I get the most, they are:

  • How to find duplicates in Excel
  • Page numbering not in sequence
  • How to get different Headers & Footers on landscapes pages
  • Word – how to Mail merge with Excel
  • Outlook – how to use Quick Steps
  • Access – how to query data in tables
  • Excel – Creating Gantt chart

I deliver training that cover these queries and more, users can also see me at my Drop-in Clinic if they have a quick question they want to ask, or arrange to meet me at my desk or their own desk. I’m always happy to help.

Q. What is the biggest satisfaction that you get from your job?

The biggest satisfaction that I get is when I get to help students with their dissertation or thesis. I sometimes get distressed students coming to me, they’ve got their content, but they just can’t get the format or layout right; the page numbers aren’t in the right order, they don’t know how put in different headers and footers for different chapters, or don’t know how to make specific pages a different orientation to fit in an image or a chart, or are not sure how to generate an automatic contents page. With my expertise, I help the students solve all these issues. Later on, when I bump into them again and they tell me ‘I may not have passed if it wasn’t for your help’, that makes it all worthwhile.

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Many thanks to Fiona for taking the time to answers these questions. Fiona not only helps with problem solving Office Application issues, she also offers training in ECDL, a world-wide recognised IT user qualification, as well as offering online MS Office training materials.

Below are extracts from some of the testimonials from staff and students.

Testimonials

“The tremendous help I received from you, is invaluable. Your kindness, patience help to remove the stress out of the work.”
 “I don't know if you realise you are an excellent teacher, remaining calm even when I got flustered. To sum it up all, u know your stuff !!!!!!!”

Leonie Campbell
Kingston Student (dissertation)
“I asked for Fiona’s help in adapting an Excel spreadsheet to fit a certain size page... I found Fiona’s help most useful, her manner was professional and patient. I left the session feeling I could approach Fiona again with any help I needed with IT issues.” 

Trevor Ewart McIlree
SGUL Site Services Supervisor
“Fiona worked with us to support MSW [Masters in Social Work] students to attain ECDL… Fiona, not only delivered teaching sessions but equally effectively managed students’ anxieties for whom IT skills was a very new thing”

Wilson Muleya
Associate Professor
MSW Course Director
Deputy Head of School of Social Work and Social Care
“Its official* …. FIONA GRAHAM offers top class student support to MResCP [Master of Research in Clinical Practice] students and is in their words ‘utterly brilliant’ !!! * *student evaluations from cohort 4. Well done Fiona. 
Shame you were not there to hear all they said about your abilities and kindness it seems you pull out all the stops for them … but of course we all know you’re great .”

Dr Cheryl Whiting EdD, MSc, DCR, SFHEA
Associate Professor
Course Director for MResCP 
Lecturer in Radiography

Find out more:

More information available on the Library Training Pages or contact Fiona Graham directly:

Phone:  020 8725 5662 (ext. 5662)
Email: ITtraining@sgul.ac.uk
Library, 1st Floor Hunter Wing

MS Office Drop-in Clinic in the Library Foyer
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Monday 11am – 1pm
Friday 11am – 1pm

Information Skills Training Sessions Jan – Mar 2016

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liblearn@sgul.ac.uk to book.

Personalized training
If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at liblearn@sgul.ac.uk

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Tuesday 9 Feb 12-1pm
Friday 26 Feb 12-1pm
Friday 11 Mar 12-1pm

Searching databases using OvidSP
Thursday 14 Jan 1-2pm
Thursday 18 Feb 1-2pm
Thursday 17 Mar 1-2pm

Evidence based healthcare resources
Tuesday 23 Feb  3-4.30pm
Wednesday 16 Mar 3-4.30pm

Searching NHS databases
Tuesday 19 Jan 11am-12pm
Thursday 11 Feb 10-11am
Thursday 17 Mar 10-1am

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Tuesday 9 Feb 3-4.30pm
Wednesday 23 Mar 3-4.30pm

Keeping up to date
Wednesday 27 Jan 11am-12.30pm
Tuesday 22 Mar  1-2.30pm

Citation metrics – an overview
Thursday 11 Feb 12-1pm

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Wednesday 20 Jan 1pm-4.30pm
Thursday 10 Mar 10am-1pm

Refworks
Friday 22 Jan 12-1pm
Monday 22 Feb 1-2pm
Wednesday 23 Mar 12-1pm

*New *  Twitter for Beginners
Wednesday 17 Feb 12-1.30pm
Monday 14 Mar 12-1.30pm

Library inductions

Introduction to St. George’s Library and health information for NHS staff
Wednesday 20 Jan 10am
Wednesday 24 Feb 10am
Wednesday 16 Mar 10am