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Lecture, face-to-face
Course overview for all units; graduates and undergraduates
Drop-in tech demo
Introduction to course social media: start setting up your e-portfolio (blog); dealing with tags, widgets, embed code, and links; password security; signup tips.



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Please note that these are the full lecture notes -- the in-class presentation is much more streamlined.


TutorialIcon2.pngTutorial, Tues, 1230 - 1700, Grad Dip students only



Tech demo drop-in: SecEd@UC social media

We use the following social media for SecED@UC.

SecEd@UC wiki
For all your course-wide and unit-specific information. You will need to join the wiki if you want to post in the discussion forum. If you don't want to join under your own login, then you can use the generic login:
  • username: secedstudent
  • password: secedstudent

If you use this option, we ask that you at least sign off on your message using your first name, or that you give us some other way of identifying you. If you don't, we may delete your message.

Things you'll find on the wiki:
  • Unit outlines
  • Assessment info, extensions
  • Discussion forum
  • Professional Experience
  • Participation expectations
  • Part-time info
  • Timetables
  • Student and staff wikispaces

SecEd@UC Ning
A space for CPP 2 students to gather to discuss CCP 2-related topics.
  • KLA groups
  • Undergrad tutorial groups
  • Photostreams

We use Twitter to send you announcements on the day-to-day running of the course. The announcements are displayed in a 'Twitter feed' which appears on the front page of the wiki. You do not need to sign up for Twitter yourself, and you don't even need to know how it works. All you need to do is to read the announcements on the front page. There is more on Twitter, below.

Any formal announcements will be made via the SecED@UC Moodle/LearnOnline and sent directly to your UC email account -- so be sure to check your UC email regularly.

Many students in the past have used a blog for their learning journal/portfolio. Starting your own blog not only makes you familiar with the blogging platform (and its possibilities and limitations) but also allows you to use your blog as a professional website that you can direct potential employers to -- which can look good on your CV.

We will go through some possible electronic tools for your learning journal/portfolio in the tech demo session.

If you don't want to sign up for an external blogging service, you can always create a UC Space under ‘Study tools’ in MyUC.

IconGears.pngTech demo drop-in: Possible electronic tools for your learning journal/portfolio

Feel free to explore these tools (or others) for your learning journal/portfolio. Don't forget to check the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before signing up.

  • Blogger - fairly to use. A Google service.
  • Wordpress - a very powerful blogging tool, a bit more complicated but you can do just about anything with it.
  • Edublogs - a Wordpress-based blogging tool, normally not blocked by schools, but there seems to be a lot of advertising on the site. Grrrrrr ...
  • MyUC - Create a UC Space under 'Study Tools'. This will allow you to host your work on a UC server.
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Any questions, remarks, observations? Leave a post in the forum :)

IconGears.pngTech demo drop-in: Twitter basics

Twitter allows people to compose short, frequent messages or ‘tweets’ of up to 140 characters that are distributed via the Twitter network on the internet. People on Twitter can follow and invite others, set up lists, send photos, and tweet privately.

  • Hashtags’ (keywords that are preceded by a hash ‘#’ symbol) are used by Twitter users to tag up their tweets so that others can find messages on topics of mutual interest. Hashtags are also used to map ‘trends’ on the site: if many tweets on a topic suddenly receive the same hashtag, then the topic can be said to be ‘trending’.
  • Twitter users direct message each other by adding an ‘@’ symbol to the main recipient’s username in the message they are sending.

IconGears.pngTech demo drop-in: Signing up for web services

Before you sign up for anything ...
  • Note that we are not requiring that you sign up for any external service in order to complete this course.
  • Make sure you read and understand the Terms of Service (or similar) and the Privacy Policy of the service you are signing up for.
  • Be sure to read and understand the info on signing up for an externally hosted web service on this site.

Online sign-up basics
  • external image 2007-08-24-username.gifLook for the 'sign up,' 'register,' 'join' or similar button
  • Follow the instructions. At base, you should have to
    • create a username
    • create a password
    • provide an email address
  • Write them down in a safe place if you have trouble remembering what your details are.
  • NB: You will need your username and password to sign in to your account in the future.
  • NB: You will not be able to change your username later, so choose carefully; however, you will be able to change your password and email address.

Some tips
  • Use the same username across the web so that you don't have to create and remember lots of different usernames. Just be sure to choose a username that is likely to be unique. For example, jsmith might already be in use by someone else, whereas jksmith497 might be available on most services.

Any questions, remarks, observations? Leave a post in the forum.


Tech demo drop-in: Signup tips

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  • Choose a username that 1) you will remember, 2) that reflects well upon you as a professional, i.e., that isn't frivolous ('PinkLadyNo3) -- you will be presenting a public face to the world through your blog and you may want to use it later as a professional portfolio to share with potential employers
  • Choose a password that you will remember
  • Remember the email address you used to sign up for your blog
  • You may change your password and your email address via the profile area.

ESSENTIAL! Write down or remember these things:
  • Your username*
  • Your web address/URL*
  • Your password
  • The email address you used to create this account

You will need your username and password to sign in to your blog in the future. You will be able to access your blog in the future by either
  1. Visiting your blog's web address and signing in via your site
  2. Visiting the service's main page and signing in there.

*You will not be able to change your username or web address later; however, you will be able to change your password and email address.


Tech demo drop-in: password security

external image lock1.jpg?w=300Use a secure password and use a different password for each site. To make this easier, use a base for your password, e.g., SK*5ci#jO23 but add in a different set of site-specific letters for each site you visit -- perhaps the first two and last two letters of the site. So, for Wordpress, SK*5ci#jO23 might become SK*WO5ci#jO23rd; Google would be SK*GO5ci#jO23le
  • Don't forget to log out of any open account when you are finished. This is especially important when using non-private computers.
  • Internet security is really important.

Any questions, remarks, observations? Leave a post in the forum :)


external image uni_tag_cloud_wordle.pngTech demo drop-in: Tags (aka ‘labels’)

Tags (also known as 'labels' in some systems, such as Blogger) are keywords that are added to objects and information on the web -- they help you to navigate websites such as blogs.

A tag cloud is a visual representation of all the tags on a website. In a tag cloud, some words appear bigger than others: the bigger the word, the more often it has been used on the site.

You should add tags to your e-portfolio posts and a tag cloud to your journal as a whole. I can help you if you need :)

Any questions, remarks, observations? Leave a post in the forum :)

IconGears.pngTech demo drop-in: Widgets (aka ‘gadgets’)

external image gremlin800.jpgWidgets (sometimes called 'gadgets') are used to display content from another website on your own website. They're similar to 'Applications' in Facebook. Typical widgets include calendar or map widgets, RSS widgets, and video widgets.

Widgets usually work via embed code, which you add to your website. Embed code usually looks something like this:

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

You can use embed code to add YouTube videos to your blog.

Don't worry if all of this sounds too techo for you -- we'll go through it in the drop-in session.

IconGears.pngTech demo drop-in: Hyperlinks

Yes, I know you know what these are! But there is some etiquette around how to add them to your site.
  1. When adding a link, look for the link icon. It's usually something like this: external image viewed.php?file_id=173
  2. Click on the icon and follow the instructions.
  3. Add the link behind the text. i.e., CORRECT: Visit the UC homepage WRONG: Visit the UC homepage
  4. Make sure the link is embedded into proper prose, i.e., CORRECT: Visit the UC homepage WRONG: To visit the UC homepage click here