How to Contribute

Becoming an author on the Vignettes blog

In order to post to Vignettes blog you first need to be added to the blog as an author. Please contact ldc@city.ac.uk to request an author role on the Vignettes blog.

Vignettes are intended to document and share learning development practice. Upload video vignettes to youtube and embed in your post.  PDFs and other file types can be attached to your post.  The supporting post should give an overview of the vignette and explain how City staff members will benefit by accessing your vignette.  Use this guide to find out more about how to produce a quality post, categorise your post according to type and educational theme and adding tags.

Types

There are three types of vignette. Choose from:

  • Case study – for example, a small scale project or event which you would like to share and shows something ‘in action’.
  • Review of an event or resource – for example, a conference that you have attended or new piece of educational technology that you have tried.
  • Guidance or tips – for example, a seminar or session that you have given.

Educational themes

Vignettes are also organised according to the SLE roadmap educational themes.  Choose from:

  • Assessment & Feedback – practice around assessment design and delivery, feedback and plagiarism prevention.
  • Learning Environment – use of learning environments including teaching rooms on campus, VLEs and eportfolios.
  • Communication & Collaboration – methods and tools for communicating, social networking and working collaboratively
  • Learning & Research Assets – assets used for learning and research including multimedia, handouts, articles and conference papers.
  • Curriculum Design – practice concerned with pedagogy and curriculum design including personal development planning.

Guidance for writing a post to accompany your vignette

  • Keep your post titles simple and snappy
  • The supporting post should give an overview of the vignette and explain how the City staff member will benefit by accessing your vignette
  • Keep the tone informal – write like you talk (Hesmondhalgh, 2011)
  • Keep your posts short 250-300 words is plenty
  • Include bullet point lists (like this)
  • Include lots of links (if you mention LDC link to our website; if you mention a School link to the School website; if you mention a learning technology link to the login page)
  • Include your audience in your post
  • Make your post scannable. Get to your point quickly. Use headings and sub-headings if necessary. Use bold or italics to emphasise a word (don’t go overboard with this) (Rowse, 2005)
  • Be consistent in your style
  • Be enthusiastic about your subject
  • Run a spell check
  • Re-read your post before you post

Useful resources:

Rowse, D. (2005) ‘How to write great blog content’ Problogger weblog post 19/8/2005 http://www.problogger.net/how-to-write-great-blog-content/

Hesmondhalgh, P. (2011) ‘Ten top tips: Writing Blog Posts’ Creative Education Blog, weblog post 11/22011. Available from: http://www.creativeeducation.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/02/writing-blog-posts/ (Accessed: 14.4.11)

Guidance for writing a top tips vignette

When writing your Vignettes it is well worth having a look at 7 top tips for giving 10 top tips about social media in education. This provides great practical advice to bear in mind when writing top tips for learning technologies.

Tagging

To help with consistency in organising our blog content we have created some commonly used tags. These will appear as you start typing your tag and you can then select the relevant tag. A list is available below.

  • e-portfolio
  • VLE
  • Moodle
  • PebblePad
  • Clickers
  • Turnitin
  • PRS
  • wiki
  • Teaching pods
  • Presenter
  • Connect
  • Podcast
  • LDC
  • Cass
  • School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • City Law School
  • SEMS
  • SoI
  • SCHS

You are also encouraged to develop your own tags so that you categorise your content in a way that is meaningful to you, but also that has meaning to the wider community. Some common mistakes to avoid when creating tags are listed below.

  • Misspelt tags (e.g., libary, libray)
  • Badly encoded tags, such as unlikely compound word groupings (e.g.,TimBernersLee)
  • Tags that do not follow convention in issues such as case and number; singular versus plural form (e.g., apple, apples)
  • Personal tags that are without meaning to the wider community (e.g., mydog)
  • Single-use tags that appear only once in the database. (e.g., billybobsdog)

(Guy andTonkin, 2006)

References

Guy and Tonkin(2006). ‘Folksonomies Tidying up Tags?’ D-Lib Magazine, 12(1) [online] Available from: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january06/guy/01guy.html (Accessed: 14.4.11)

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