Creating and contributing to online media such as blog posts and professional networking sites enables the interaction and exchange of information and ideas, and can be used to help develop your online presence.
The University uses the Edublogs platform to run WordPress, which is a widely used blogging tool that allows the creation of engaging webpages that can be seen just by other members of the University or publically.
Writing for different audiences and presenting information in different formats is a key academic skill, and using a blog is an easy way to learn how to structure a website, add content, and publish it.
Edublogs posts can be published externally, and the pages exported and used in other WordPress sites after you leave the University.
Find out more about the University’s edublogs service
Twitter is a well-known micro-blogging tool that enables you to easily write and instantly share short posts from almost anywhere on almost all devices, including smart phones, tablets and desktop computers. You can make tweets show up in searches more easily by using hashtags # before keywords.
You may need to use Twitter as part of your studies, and following Twitter users is an excellent way of keeping up to date with academics and organisations in your disciline.
Knowing how Twitter works is an important communication skill valued by employers.
This is the Twitter homepage where you can create a Twitter account
This LinkedIn Learning course is a basic introduction to using Twitter.
LinkedIn is the largest business orientated social network site. Users can build a professional online profile and connect with professionals outside the University. LinkedIn can also be used to aggregate content from other social networking sites to showcase work and interests.
Having an up to date online presence is key in developing your employability. LinkedIn is the main professional networking site and many employers use it in recruitment.
Signing up to LinkedIn is straightforward, and this LinkedIn Learning course contains lots of useful information on setting up your LinkedIn page and using it to network.