Top ten courses on LinkedIn Learning

Screenshot of a PowerPoint Quick Tips course on LinkedIn Learning.All staff and students at Heriot-Watt now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of 12,000+ digital courses on business, creative and management topics.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalised course recommendations based on your interests, skillset, experience and goals, delivered by industry experts with real-world experience.

The current top ten courses at Heriot-Watt are:

  1. Learning C#
  2. How to use LinkedIn Learning
  3. Learning Java
  4. Learning Python
  5. Python for Data Science Essential Training
  6. Communication within Teams
  7. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project Management Foundations
  9. Strategic Thinking
  10. Python Essential Training

LinkedIn Learning covers a huge range of topics, such as app development; Microsoft Office; entrepreneurship; social media marketing; photography and many more.  You can access LinkedIn Learning online or via the Heriot-Watt portal.

How to spot ‘fake news’

 

Anyone who has been to one of our classes on Literature Searching will be aware of the importance of evaluating information – and its source – for your academic work. This is also important in your day to day life as well, especially if you get most of your information from social media. When reading anything online, take a moment to stop and follow this guide. If the story sounds suspicious, you can also use fact checking sites like Snopes and Full Fact.

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‘Email De-activation Request’ – How to Spot a Phishing Scam

Here is some updated advice following the latest round of Phishing emails, with subject lines such as ‘Email De-activation Request’ or ‘Important Doc’.

When you receive a suspicious email, stop and take a moment to think about:

  • Who
  • Why
  • What
  • When 
  • Where
  1. Who and why: Check the sender and the logic of their request

Most of the time a spam email will come from an unfamiliar organisational email address. However, if it is from a recognised email address, you need to be extra cautious and report it immediately to the owner or the email administrator to verify it.

In the recent case, where staff and student accounts were compromised, the sender appears as a genuine HWU user. In that case, consider whether it’s reasonable that a fellow student or teaching member of staff is asking you to verify your IT account details.

  1. What: Read the message

Don’t ever fall to trickeries stated in the email example like a link asking for a reset password which you don’t request, quizzes that require you to login or asking for your digital signature. Always be sure that the email is legitimate before proceeding to click any links in it. If in doubt, check with ithelp@hw.ac.uk in the first instance.

Never feel so rushed into doing something in a hurry. Think what you’re being asked to do. In general terms, deleting a message is the safest course of action after reading and considering the contents of an unexpected email.

  1. Where is it taking you: Got an attachment or link? Look out!

Attachments may contained malware and viruses. Again, be vigilant and always ensure the email that you received is legitimate and from a trustable source. Check (hover over or right click on a link) to see where it is you are being sent. If the web address is unfamiliar or in any way suspicious, don’t go there. If you do arrive at a strange site though, never enter your Heriot Watt credentials in any of the forms there.

  1. When: Report it, immediately

If you are unsure don’t wait but please report any suspicious email right away to IT by attaching the email and send it to Abuse@hw.ac.uk. If you think your account has been compromised, don’t delay and please seek assistance immediately from ITHelp@hw.ac.uk

 

If you think you have received a spam or phishing email:

DON’T click on any links or open any attachments

DO forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk and delete it

 

Happy Libraries Week!

Today marks the start of Libraries Week 2018. We’ll be writing all week about how you can maintain your digital wellbeing, whether that’s how to spot a phishing scam or how to manage your ‘Digital Footprint’. Today, we wanted to focus on some of the ways in which we work with Student Wellbeing Services to support you.

Bibliotherapy Guide.

We worked with the Student Wellbeing Services to develop the Bibliotherapy Guide as a list of self-help books, websites and other resources on a range of topics. It’s constantly being developed, but if you have anything you’d like to suggest do contact us at LibHelp@hw.ac.uk.

Power Hours. 

Wellbeing Services have been running sessions as part of the Power Hours programme on the Edinburgh Campus for close to 10 years. For example, this week they are running the following sessions on the Edinburgh Campus:

Self Care and Your Studies: Tuesday 9 October, 15.30 – 17:00.

This session focuses on how to manage your wellbeing and how to deal with the challenges and stresses of students life. Run by the Student Counselling Service, this workshop will provide an opportunity to think about your work/life balance, discover resources and gather helpful tips to enhance your University experience.

How to Stop Putting Things Off: Friday 12 October, 12:15 – 13:15, Anderson Room .

Putting things off until tomorrow? Avoiding completing tasks altogether? Feeling de-motivated? Putting off or delaying starting work can result in us feeling more stressed and under pressure, yet we can find ourselves repeating this behaviour time and time again. This workshop will explore: the reasons why we put things off, what we can do about it and ideas to help with motivation and “getting started”.

To book, visit the Power Hours website 

To find out more about what Student Wellbeing Services are doing on your campus, visit their webpages.

HWU Vision Upgrade – July 2018

Information Services are upgrading Vision this summer and making a move to a cloud solution (SaaS) which involves some system downtime (with a ‘read only’ version still available).
The essential planned downtime of Vision will be from 0:00 BST 13/07/2018 until 14:00 18/07/2018.
In the future, the University will benefit from (almost) no downtime when managing upgrades.

There will be no immediate change to the user experience for students and colleagues (We will continue to use Learn with the Original Experience) but the look and feel will be updated and the ongoing updates will improve user experience.

Deletion of old Vision courses

As part of the migration of Vision to the cloud, there will be a clean-up and deletion of old Vision courses some dating back to 2005.

The course IDs outlined below will be deleted during the migration on 13/07/2018.  It is an easy process to download the course files in a zipped package or move the files to another course. Instructions available on Blackboard Help.

Course IDs to be deleted:

  • _2005-2006
  • _2006-2007
  • _2007-2008
  • _2008-2009
  • _2009-2010
  • _2010-2011
  • _2011-2012
  • _2012-2013
  • _2013-2014

Apologies for the disruption and thanks for your patience.

For more information or any questions about the upgrade, please contact Caroline Dobson, Information Services.

‘Payment submitted’ – spam and phishing emails

Phishing emails with ‘Payment submitted’  in the subject line similar to those below are doing the rounds – please beware

spam emailIf you think you have received a phishing email

  • DON’T click on any links
    DON’T open any attachments
  • forward the email to abuse@hw.ac.uk
  • delete it

Exam Top Tip: Try the Pomodoro technique.

It is a simple but very effective method that can improve your focus and aid concentration. So to get started you just need a timer-it could be an electronic timer on your phone or lap-top. It doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned kitchen timer shaped like a tomato – but that is where the name originates. Pomodoro is the Italian for tomato. Set the timer for your next study session. Fifty minutes is ideal to start with. After fifty minutes give yourself a ten minute break. Time for a cup of tea or a walk in the fresh air. Then follow with another uninterrupted fifty minute study period. If this method works for you, then start allocating specific topics to revise for each concentrated Pomodoro session. You may be surprised how much revision you can cover using this method.

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Music & Revision

Exam Top Tip: Music & Revision.  You might think these two just don’t mix.  Music can distract.   But conversely it can also help you concentrate and focus – so it is well worth trying it out.  But keep your headphones on if you are studying in the library!  Not everyone will share your musical tastes and some students prefer silence for study.  Here’s an offering from Classic FM for your next study session http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/mood/studying/classic-fm-revision/.

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Exam Top Tip: Take care of yourself.

Your academic work actually benefits if you build in rest, exercise and relaxation. Your brain needs a good night’s sleep and this is particularly important before the day of your exam.  Exercise will help you relax, keep a good appetite and give you that vital “switch off” time from study.  Remember to build some leisure and relaxation into your study schedule.  This is time to spend with friends or family, go for a walk or watch a TV show.  Finally, don’t forget to eat!  Just as the brain needs sleep it also needs nourishment. spiced_orange_and_honey_36705_16x9

Exam Top Tip: Mix it up!

Successful revision tests your understanding of content. So try recording your answer to a test question and critically listen back.  Is your explanation clear and precise?  Look at a test question and write an essay plan to show how you would answer the question.  If you are a visual learner draw a mind map to show how you would tackle the question.  Mind maps can help you see correlations and identify missing bits of the jigsaw.  All of these methods will help you identify gaps in your knowledge and show you where you need to concentrate most.

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