Life Online

Navigating Online Meetings With Confidence

People who study how and why universities do what they do have been talking for awhile now about the ‘hidden curriculum‘: the etiquette, values, and expectations that underlie academic culture but which are not explicitly discussed. The hidden curriculum can create a barrier for members of the university community who are first-generation, working class, or… Read more Navigating Online Meetings With Confidence

Thing 18: Augmented and Virtual Reality

One of my favourite things about working at a university is being able to see new ideas grow and develop. Many universities, including mine, foster this process through small grant schemes, which are designed to enable research projects to get off the ground. It was through one of these that I first heard of the… Read more Thing 18: Augmented and Virtual Reality

History Libraries and Librarians in 2020

Back in June, I went to the third annual gathering of UK-based history librarians, which is always a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and continue learning about the field. Libraries matter enormously for the study and research of the past and it could be argued that the current situation is uniquely challenging for student and… Read more History Libraries and Librarians in 2020

Thing 9: Google Hangouts / Collaborate Ultra

This post explores the use of two online platforms for meetings, teaching, and collaboration: Google Hangouts and Collaborate Ultra. My university seems to have an increasing focus on digital education as well as a growing provision of distance learning. However, neither of these tools are ones I have worked extensively with before in an educational… Read more Thing 9: Google Hangouts / Collaborate Ultra