Paul Sutton

Writing

Essay and report writing skills

I have just completed a course on Essay and report writing skills [3] with OpenLearn [2], which is part of the Open University [1]. In fact, this course mirrors a student tool kit book I have here, also from the OU. It is nice to have a printed and bound version.

Very useful course, lots of useful ideas, pointers to writing good essays and reports. Topics included structure, referencing, quotations,drafting, polishing and letting go. So probably just as applicable in the workplace as it is in the Academic world

I am looking forward to further study.

Course Certificate

The UK government want all adults to spend time learning. To this end have created the skills toolkit [4] to help adults find learning and development courses.

This is a great idea, provided that employers:-

  • Support employees in learning
  • Value any learning an employee undertakes
  • Value the commitment and work put in in order to learn new skills
  • Recognise employee achievements on their CV
  • See potential in their employee(s)

REFERENCES

1 Open University 2 OpenLearn 3 Course Website 4 Skills toolkit

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LaTeX and Overleaf – Changing the compiler

A question came up on IRC earlier about Overleaf, LaTeX and compiling to use the \usepackage{arabluatex} package.

I suggested that it is possible to change the compiler to use LuaTeX and made the following video to help others with this

#Overleaf,#LaTeX,#compiler,#pdfLaTeX,XeLaTeX,LuaLaTeX, #typesetting,#troubleshooting,#tech,#science,#document, #report,#writing,#author,#authoring #thesis,#creative,#creating

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The technical writers guide to contributing to open source projects

I found a link to this article on Twitter, posted by Edidiong Asikpo so am sharing here as it may be of interest to some of the projects I am involved in.

#OpenSource,#FreeSoftware,#technical,#writing

Write_As instances

If you would like an easy to use, hassle free blogging platform that respects your freedoms then Write_as may be useful for your needs.

Write_as is software that has lots of features to help you set up a small, lightweight blog, supports multiple blogs from one user account. It also supports ActivityPub to facilitate federation.

You can either self host or join an one of many existing instances:-

More info

Instances

WriteAs uses Markdown to add styles to the pages, e.g to make text bold, underlined or add pictures. You can also embed HTML code blocks. This is how this page displays the video below.

There is a video below, hosted on Peertube, to explain more.

Follow write.as on Mastodon to keep up to date or ask questions.

You can also follow me on Mastodon by following @zleap@qoto.org.

#writefreely,#federated,#write_as,#blogging,#writing,#privacy,#control,#fediverse,#mastodon,#peertube.

Overleaf Webinars August / September 2020

Overleaf are presenting their introductory Webinars in August and September.

If you are new to Overleaf then these are really useful to learn about the features from Beginner to Advanced.

#LaTeX,#Overleaf,#typesetting,#cloud,#Webinar,#Introduction,#Intermediate,#Advanced,#writing,#professional,#science, #academia.

In an update to my previous post the learn LaTeX resource has now developed really nicely in to an excellent resource.

You can have a go at the exercises using Overleaf or the built in editor.

This resource is now progressing really nicely. Joseph Write did a presentation on this at Tug2020

Resources

You can ask questions on LaTeX forums here

If you do need some help then I can mostly be found on Qoto STEM focused Mastodon instance within the fediverse. I do login to the LaTeX forums from time to time. I seem to be on ScienceForums quite a lot these days discussing either Chemistry, Astronomy or Astrophysics.

Note: I am just trying to promote the above websites, I am hoping that my basic chemistry tutorial can complement.

#LaTeX, #learning, #lessons #typesetting, #document, #preparation, #academic, #writing, #journal

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Collaboration with Overleaf

I attended the Overleaf Effective Collaboration webinar on Wednesday 20th May. This proved, once again to be very informative, useful and complements the other webinars nicely.

This webinar, specifically covered the features available to the different users of the system, the main difference with the free accounts includes the number of user who can collaborate and version history tracking.

I recently came across an excellent Overleaf curated article / report from 2017 on The Connected Culture of Collaboration Report

The document (pdf) can be downloaded free from the website and there is a citation guide too, if this is needed for your own articles or papers.

The webinar will be available on demand in due course.

References

#LaTeX, #overleaf, #collaboration, #report, #digital, #science,#writing,#publishing

In an update to my previous post the learn LaTeX resource is progressing really nicely.

This site is designed to give people a basic introduction to LaTeX, and it does a really good job of doing this. It also integrates with Oveleaf which which a really useful feature.

Resources

You can connect with me on LaTeX forums here

Note: I am just trying to promote the above websites, I am hoping that my basic chemistry tutorial can complement.

Happy to help give support people via IRC too.

#LaTeX, #learning, #lessons #typesetting, #document, #preparation, #academic, #writing, #journal

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