TOOLBOX: A Simple Guide to Hootsuite

In conversation with Marcus Hill, he asked for a simple guide to Hootsuite, so here we are. Hootsuite is designed to enable you to tweet, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc without having to log in and out of each account (the free account allows you to connect to up to 5 accounts, whilst there’s a charge of $5.99 per month if you choose to add more accounts). The main benefit most of you, however, are likely to enjoy, is the fact that you can pre-schedule tweets (e.g. sit down on a Monday for half-an-hour and set up several days tweets), although you will still need to check in to respond to any further engagement. Don’t forget that we earlier looked at setting up a Twitter account – please do let us know how you are using it!

Sign up for an account

Go to Hootsuite.comhootsuiteSign up through your Facebook account, or the simple instructions where it says ‘Sign Up Now’, and follow the screen prompts. Note that when you return to login, the button is just above, in the top right – so do remember your password!

Add Social Networks

The software is likely to encourage you to add a social network as you sign up, but if not/once you have set up your first account, you can add further by looking to top-left and ‘Add Social Network’


This will give you access to the following social networks, so click on the one you want to use: addsocnet

If using Twitter, log in to authorise the account, so that it can post whilst you are off doing other things: authorise

The Dashboard


You can add up to 10 ‘streams’ per account. For Twitter, dy default the first will be the usual Twitter feed you would see on Twitter, the second your ‘mentions’ (where others have used your user name in a tweet), your ‘Direct Message’ inbox and outbox, sent items. You can then add streams tied to hashtags, which is incredibly useful for conferences.

Set Tweets

This is an incredibly simple process (so long as you remember that shorter is sweeter!). write-a-messageSimply start typing in the box, tick for the appropriate social network(s) (don’t default to all social networks, think about the different audiences you have for each). Most of the time this may be all you want but:

  1. Link: Simply copy and paste a long link from elsewhere on the ‘net, press ‘Shrink’, and a shortened link will be included.
  2. Clip: Add a Photo/File (from your hard-drive, although if you’re using this as an app on the phone, straight from the phone).
  3. Schedule posts: I quite often use the ‘Autoschedule’ function, and it spaces them out as it deems appropriate. Otherwise choose a date/time, and press schedule.
  4. Location: Click if you want your location added to a tweet (especiallygood if you’re somewhere exotic!)
  5. Privacy: Works on networks such as Facebook which have different privacy settings, e.g. show just friends/work colleagues.

Checking What You’ve Scheduled

Look to the left-hand menu for ‘Publisher’:

publisherClick and see what you’ve got set (the icons indicate the different accounts):


Is there more?

There’s always more in these apps, but the above information should keep you going for most of what you want. Don’t be afraid to poke around and experiment, knowing that you can always return to ‘Stream’ to read/post, and check out the Hootsuite ‘Help‘ if required.

New JISC Site: Implementing the UKPSF

The following website is being launched at the webinar just starting:


The framework’s central purpose is to help those seeking to enhance the learning experience of their students, by improving the quality of their teaching and learning support. If you have a substantive role in the education of students or staff, it will be relevant to your situation. The Framework provides a means to comprehensively benchmark, develop, recognise & reward teaching and learning support roles within higher education.

Webinar: Implementing the UKPSF in the digital university

images-1Wednesday 17 April, 13.00-14.00

This webinar offers a guide to implementing the UK professional standards framework in the digital university. We look at how post-graduate certificates in teaching and learning in higher education (PGCertHE) courses and CPD processes are adapting to digital technologies, both in their design and operation and in the educational practices for which the PGCertHEs are preparing staff. We introduce a new wiki including case studies of technology-informed practice, indexed against the UKPSF areas of activity, core knowledge and values.

Sign up for this webinarread more about UKPSF, or download previous webinars.

Workshop: Changing the Learning Landscape

cll-web-bannerAs part of the Changing the Learning Landscape programme, the Higher Education Academy and CLL partners (including Jisc) are putting on 12 workshops assist academic staff, and staff with curriculum development and support roles, in the use of technology to enhance teaching and student learning.

Four of these workshops, developed in association with SEDA, are focusing on digital literacies:

14 March 2013 (Exeter) Where are we now with digital literacies? The experience of learners and the implications for development

30 April 2013 (Leeds) Influencing strategy and change processes to enable the embedding of digital literacies

21 May 2013 (London) Influencing strategy and change processes to enable the embedding of digital literacies

29 May 2013 (Birmingham) The role of digital literacies in supporting continuing professional development in HE contexts

The workshops are designed to be accessible to those new to the field of digital literacies and learning technologies, and are aimed at anyone with a staff/educational/teaching development aspect to their role, and to curriculum leaders, professional services and support staff. For further information on these, and to sign up, go to

There are also eight workshops aimed at academic staff in a range of disciplines. For a full list of CLL workshops, please see

#ODHEG: The External View

We spent an hour or so considering who/what an ODHE blog might be pitched at/do, bearing in mind that a number of truly valuable stories can’t be shared in a world where there’s fears about ‘competitive advantage’, sharing ‘dirty laundry’ in public. What can a blog truly do, and where does it fit in with other tools such as the LinkedIn Group, the national meetings, and is something else required still?