Tech’ top tips – #29. Being mindful of impact – yours and theirs

Tech’ top tips – #29. Being mindful of impact – yours and theirs

This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT).

A cyber bullying survivorA slight departure from the usual tips this week but perhaps one of the most important in the series.

When we use technology, especially in spaces where we can communicate and interact with others, it is important that we think about the impact that our contributions may have on others and how we process content that we see online.

It is all too easy to become embroiled in online arguments, trolling and to become a victim of such online abuse and we must ensure that we at least know where to get help if this happens.

Using technology can make us feel as though we have a shield or some sort of invincibility due to the asynchronous and often anonymous nature of online discussions but technology can be a platform for bullies and their victims.

Often, we can be exposed to content that might affect us by accident. We have no control over what others may post or say and they have no control over our actions in online spaces – this means we can feel the negative effects without being the victim of targeted/malicious posts; and we might negatively affect others if we don’t think about our own actions and posts.

If you feel as though your wellbeing and mental health are affected by your online interactions (either directly or indirectly) please talk to a trusted friend or colleague or book a DMU SPA appointment. It is easy to become affected without realising it and regular breaks from social media along with developing an understanding of how we process and internalise information we see online can help us to equip ourselves with the resilience and courtesy required to cope with 24 hour access to online information and interactions.

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Hot Tap Update

Hot Tap Update

Hot Tap Update

The Library is committed to providing instant hot (boiling) water to library users. We know how popular this service is, and since introducing this service in September 2016 we’ve spent over £7k in maintenance and physical updates to keep this running 24/7.

Unfortunately, the Zip tap in its original 2016 format created issues  – it wasn’t tall enough for larger cold water containers and the soak away beneath it was not suitable for draining cups. The result of this was a lot of excess water and damage to the counter top from water ingress. We replaced this original installation in November 2017 with a ‘new and improved’ hot tap station that featured better drainage for the Zip tap and a brand new sink and cold water dispenser for bottles.

Sadly the current tap station and cabinet has also succumbed to damage caused by high levels of use and water ingress from frequent spills. Most recently, Zip tap control circuits have been damaged by water.

The Library has gone back to first principles with Estates and a plumbing specialist. We’ll be installing a more robust “Mark 3” sink and wall mounted tap unit and a separate drinking water fountain and bottle filler in the near future, date TBC. In the meantime, Estates are working to seal and make safe the existing unit in the hope that a service can be reinstated. UPDATE 16/4/19: Service with the existing Zip tap has been reinstated

We apologise for the interruption of service, but we are committed to reinstating safe hot water provision in the near future.

First incarnation awaiting update

Current incarnation on launch in December 2017


Tech’ top tips – #26. Update for safety and security

This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT).

Updating a device

One of the easiest ways to stay safe online is to make sure your devices are up to date. Whether it be an iPhone, Windows PC or any internet connected device; ensuring the latest software updates are installed will help to keep you and your data safe.

And remember, it’s not just about the operating system. Applications often require updating and running out of date applications on your device can introduce a security risk.

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