Category Archives: How To Guide

10 SEO Tips for Academic and Teaching Blogs

This is the third post in a series of guest posts by Emily Bowles on social media and teaching. You can read the first one on Twitter in the classroom here, and the second one on using rotation curation Twitter accounts heEmily Bowles, … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Digital Victorians

Paul Ward, Professor of History at the University of Huddersfield, outlines an imaginative new course – Digital Victorians - introducing second-year students to online technologies and learning in the real world and the digital world but also enabling Paul and his co-teachers to enhance their own digital skills. Please share your experience of developing … Continue Reading ››

Researching and Re-telling the Past: Blogging about Disability History

Providing an innovative, research-focused approach to nineteenth-century disability studies, undergraduate history students at Swansea University combine the use of archival resources with blogging to publicly disseminate their work. Here, Professor David Turner reflects on the multiple teaching and learning approaches to ‘Researching and Re-telling the Past’. By Prof. David Turner (Swansea University) Researching and Re-telling the Past … Continue Reading ››

A Blogging Handbook

This is the Prison Voices Handbook, designed by Helen Rogers and student mentors as a 'go-to-guide' for students on the online research module Prison Voices: Crime, conviction and confession, 1700-1900, a second-year-undergraduate module in English at Liverpool John Moores University. Click Handbook for Prison Voices FINAL … Continue Reading ››

Finding a Voice

Finding a Voice

  Prison Voices is fundamentally different from other modules you will study this year – the switch from traditional essays to blogging brings a whole new spectrum of factors to consider, such as social media and advertisement, to your work. One of the main changes you will notice when you start working on the … Continue Reading ››

How to Use Twitter/Facebook to Promote Your Posts and the Website

You may be under the impression that social media is only useful for sharing Saturday night’s photos and thoughts on the mundane but it can be an extremely useful advertising tool for your Prison Voices writing.twitter2

Through Twitter, quick fire messages can be … Continue Reading ››

Researching Online: Tracking down one of Britain’s youngest transportees

The research process when planning your Prison Voices post can, unsurprisingly, feel like a very daunting task. However, the best piece of advice I can offer up is that taking the idea that fascinates and inspires you the most will always lead to the highest quality of work. The story which peaked my interest and captured … Continue Reading ››

Using Facebook in the Classroom

This is an example post on how Facebook could be used on a research based module. These are the guidelines we are giving Prison Voices students (http://www.prisonvoices.org/). There are now over 1.23 billion monthly users on Facebook. Many of these users will automatically open the app multiple times over the course of one day – … Continue Reading ››

How to Make Your Blog Eye-catching

So you have spent a semester compiling research together, you have written your blog post and now you need to upload it to WordPress. The old favourite of copy and paste is not enough; blogs need eye-catching images, carefully selected from relevant sources, in order to truly promote themselves … Continue Reading ››