Lightning Talks is Real Speak

For those of you who weren’t among the sixty plus audience members at last week’s Lightning Talks in the Nathan Campus library – have no fear, we’ve got you covered!

So what are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London, where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

Our academics and professional experts are invited to talk for 10 minutes to talk about their work in relation to a theme, and then the audience is invited to ask questions.

Why do we hold these talks?

We are hoping to make research and ideas more accessible, removing the stigma of ‘ivory towers’, breaking down hierarchical divisions. Lightning Talks are an extension of Griffith University’s commitment to inclusivity, and bringing disciplines together.

Our speakers for #LightningTalks3 were:

Associate Professor Georgina Murray who kicked off the talks with her discussion centring on socio-political changes occurring in the world, and the effects of neoliberal political ideology, particularly around employment. She highlighted some shocking statistics about the casualisation of the Australian labour force with some of the societal ramifications being drug addiction, financial insecurity around obtaining home loans, and a lack of sick leave. So do companies like Uber break up monopolies of power or do they further contribute to marginalisation and disenfranchisement in our turbulent times?

Dr Duncan McDonnell discussed the rise of right-wing populism internationally and compared Australia’s One Nation with the more successful right-wing populists in Western Europe. He highlighted that right-wing populism is not historically new; we just rename it to go with the current time period. And whilst Donald Trump does not conform to the populist leader ideal; it must be acknowledged how his controversial nature got him elected once, and he can be again! Across the Atlantic, populist parties in Europe do well because unlike their mainstream counterparts, they focus on grassroots community engagement.

Dr Susanna Chamberlain started with asking the question, ‘What the heck is populism?’ and then led us on a journey that linked anthropology and history to binaries around populism. Populism, it appears, is about the leader’s’ ability to identify as the ‘common person’ aka ‘we are just like you’ ideal; however, that idea is often a misnomer as one might suspect with Donald Trump’s empire building — funded by a ‘small’ loan of a million dollars from his father– that hardly mirrors the average ‘common person’s’ start in life.

Mr John Tague, Griffith Review Managing Editor, brought his experience and knowledge as an international journalist to discuss changes in journalistic reporting and political writing. Griffith Review, a compilation of long form essays, engages its audience and reinvigorates the idea that not everything can – or should – be conveyed in 140 character Tweets. Brexit, Trump and right-wing European leaders regularly take to the mediasphere, often invoking moral panic by circulating narratives about alleged racial tensions, scientific knowledges, and rise of ‘fake news’ in the post- truth politics era.

For the full story, listen here.

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Research online with eBooks

It’s that time of trimester. We’re sure you’re all buckling down, and working hard on all your upcoming assignments (not procrastinating and watching Netflix, right?).

You’re probably doing quite a bit of research, and while our libraries are wonderful places, we get that sometimes you’d rather be at home.

This is where our eResources come in handy! We have an array of journal articles and eBooks that you can access from home to help you with your research.

You can search for journal articles, databases, eBooks, and more by clicking inside the library catalogue and filtering the search parameters.

While we have eResources for all disciplines, we have recently enabled access to over 8 900 new titles published from 2015 to 2017 in the following Springer Collections:

  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Medicine

To access these specific eBooks, simply:

  • Jump onto the library website
  • Click inside the library catalogue, to filter the search to books on the left hand side, and then electronic only from the drop down menu
  • Type in your search terms in the main text field. Use the keywords “springer”, and one of the collection names names listed above, for example “engineering” and start browsing.

Happy researching!


Using stats and need some last minute help… STAT?

Do you need to analyse stats in your classes this semester? SAGE can help get you over the line with that final assignment or upcoming exam.
With exams just around the corner, you may need all the help you can get (because of course you pre-planned your whole semester and don’t need any extra help… right?).

Even if you’re not currently studying stats, but statistical analysis really floats your boat (no judgement from us), this is a great tool to help you further develop your skills.

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of datasets to support independent learning of data analysis skills. They are particularly useful for practicing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

The datasets are obtained from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes and usability.

Each dataset is accompanied by a short and clear description of the data, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

SAGE also has a range of accompanying tools to support the use of these datasets. Some particularly helpful tools are:

  • Methods Map: you can explore the research methods terrain, read definitions of key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods journey.
  • Project Planner: this tool helps you plan out and progress through the stages of your research project. When you click on the link to the stage you are at it will give you a breakdown of the components of the stage, with links to further readings.
  • Which Stats Test: this tool helps you to narrow down the range of options for statistical testing though answering a series of questions, and help you decide on the most pertinent test for to use for your project.

Take a look at the SAGE Research Methods website for further tools and information


Catch up with Lecture Capture

You’re a student. You work hard, study hard, and enjoy a diet of mi goreng (and hopefully some more substantial food, too).

But sometimes life gets in the way. We get that occasionally you may get sick, get stuck in traffic (or stranded in a bus strike!), or just accidentally miss your 8am lecture.

With end of trimester fast approaching, we’re sure you want to catch up on any content you may have missed. Or simply revise before final exams.

Did you know you can watch Griffith University lectures online? Using Lecture Capture technology, lecturers make digital recordings of course material and deliver it to you via Learning@Griffith.

To access the recordings, simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, and head on over to your course site.

For most recordings, you can choose whether to stream the lecture or download to your device. The streaming option allows you to view the recordings as a podcast (audio file) or vodcast (video file) online.

When you stream a recording you can search for text and bookmark important parts of each lecture; a super handy feature to have when it comes to exam revision time! You can even increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

The download option allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an Internet connection.

You can also listen to lecture recordings in a Learning Centre, Computer Lab or the Library. But be sure to use headphones so you don’t disturb those around you.

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support contact the IT Service Centre.


PressReader: an all you can read buffet

Remember the good old days when you’d spend a few hours reading up on the latest TV news without having to hit an on button? Or when all your medical advice came from Dolly Doctor instead of Dr Google? Magazines still exist! I’ll give you a moment to recover your shock…

Okay, now that that’s done. More good news. With your Griffith enrolment, you have access to literally hundreds of magazines online and totally free. Bonus: there’s also newspapers.

PressReader is Griffith Library’s one-stop portal to publications from all over the world.

You can catch up on world news, read about whatever the Kardashians are doing now (what exactly do the Kardashians do? Anyone?) or gain some health and fitness tips from Women’s Health or Men’s Health to keep yourself healthy over the long trimester.

Sound like a good way to take a break from your course readings, journal articles and draft number three of your most recent assignment? Hit up Pressreader here and find some good old fashioned nostalgia. Sadly, there’s no Dolly Doctor anymore. Probably for the best.


Improve your time management

Being able to organise your time effectively ensures you have a balance between your study, family and leisure commitments.

There is no single time management plan for everyone. Your time management plan will be based on your personality, goals, workload and other commitments.

Here are four simple steps you can take to organise your time:

Understand the ‘big picture’

A yearly planner helps you understand the ‘big picture’. You can pick a yearly wall planner up from the university book shop or you can find a free one online.

Mark down the busiest times in your year. These may include holidays, work commitments, family celebrations, or sporting competitions. And let’s not forget university assessment periods.

For example, you may be incredibly busy with exams towards the end of each trimester. If you block this time out on your yearly wall planner, you won’t accidently schedule a camping trip during finals week.

Schedule assessment tasks

At the beginning of each trimester, you are given all your assessment details.

From assignments and class presentations to mid-semester exams and projects, all the key dates can be found in your course outline. Add these assessment deadlines to your wall planner.

Now, break down each assessment item into tasks, and estimate the time needed to complete it.

For example, how much time are you going to need to research, write, revise and edit each assignment. Add these task deadlines to your wall planner.

Schedule your week

Okay, so your yearly planner may be crammed with activities at this point. But you aren’t done planning yet. It’s time to get a weekly planner to block in:

  • All your classes e.g. lectures and tutorials
  • Periods of study at your high-energy times
  • Lower priority activities (housework, watching TV) at your lower energy times
  • Assessment tasks (see your yearly wall planner)
  • Some fun! Reward yourself for putting in the hard work

Here’s a handy Time Management Calculator to assist you in your weekly planning.

Plan for the day

Write a ‘To Do’ list each day. It can be satisfying crossing things off your list.

This can also help you stop procrastinating. Just pick a task and get on with it! Do you have a moment’s spare time? Complete one of the smaller tasks on your list.

Make sure you set goals that are challenging but achievable and study regularly for short periods of time, rather than tire yourself out.

— Extract from Study Smart —


The lowdown on booking group study spaces

The season for group assignments is now. Like winter, it was sadly inevitable. But the good news is, there are ways to make this group study season your best yet.

There are the classic obvious ways, such as bringing snacks and/or coffee to help kickstart the brainstorming. Picking a good group of people you know you work well with is another great one. And if all else fails you can try trust falls* to get that group cohesion happening.

And for the best space to do your best work, Griffith libraries all have private group study rooms.

These rooms are specifically geared to aid group study, coming complete with whiteboards to scribble all your genius ideas down at a size everyone can read, and comfy chairs for all. Selected rooms even have video-conferencing capabilities. Go on and try it, it’ll be like an episode of Community…well maybe not quite.

To book a room for up to two hours at time:

  • Go to the library’s Study page: https://www.griffith.edu.au/library/study
  • Scroll down to the red Bookable group study spaces block
  • Click the Book your space link
  • Select the campus you want, click on the time desired, and follow the prompts to submit your booking

The next step is all you (and your group). Get studying, get writing and get that awesome grade. Happy group working!

*Please don’t try trust falls