Deirdre Mulcahy leading a session

BBC Academy Digital Skills Day – making the most of your smartphone

I’ve attended quite a few BBC digital training sessions down the years – at Marylebone High Street, Broadcasting House and the Mailbox (Birmingham). They’re one of the world’s best providers of online content so it makes sense to look to…

Using Twitter Moments for the first time

Putting together last week’s post on photographing and live tweeting, I used Twitter Moments for the first time. It’s been around since October 2015 in various guises, but I’ve never found a use for it. This time I used it…

A happy dongle. Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

How we produce high quality images for live tweeting university events

We held a Community Festival on campus last weekend and I photographed the event. I needed high quality images that could be used in print and online in the future, but I also wanted photographs that I could share instantly…

Academics in conversation

Faculty away days as a photography opportunity

We’ve been working on a project for a particular department aimed at extending their database of available images for print and online. We plan to photograph as many different types of events relating to the department as we can in a three month…

Agile Content Conference

Dates for your diary – 2017 digital conferences for university web teams

Lots of us will be starting the new year identifying suitable conferences for professional development. I’ve pulled together this list of potential conferences for web professionals working in the university sector. It’s UK dominated with the odd event in nearby…

Graduation in Winter

We graduate in winter as well

When asked to produce a graduation video this December we were at first reluctant. Our quick response video in the summer was well received, but winter can make for a very different experience. Our main concern (well-founded based on previous…

Thumbnails of new staff photos

A new audience for new staff profiles

One of our regular September tasks is the creation of staff profiles for new academics in time for the start of the academic year. Reading the profiles sparks ideas for future collaborations, news stories and video features we might create. For…

Filming at open day

23 open day videos playing simultaneously

We film our undergraduate open day subject talks and make them available online. We embed the talks in the relevant online prospectus pages and in email communications we send out to applicants. But we haven’t presented them together on one page…

Cropped video

Cut, Crop, Stabilise, Soundtrack and Subtitles. Five steps to creating a useable video from someone else’s footage.

I’ve had the pleasure this week of sorting through two hours of video footage from a student study trip to Rome. It’s been an enjoyable exercise. We’ve done something similar a couple of times before and the problems to be overcome can…

Print outs on the wall

Bringing Google Analytics to life with a guillotine

We’re temporarily housed in a larger office than normal over the summer so I took the opportunity to use the bare white walls to map out some of our information architecture. On one wall we’ve got printouts of all the…