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Webwatch, April 2015

Communities of practice or enterprise social networks as they’re also known are great for sharing learning, developing new connections and collaborating. The Knowledge Hub, Yammer and Socialcast are examples of platforms where people come together to collaborate, network and share information. These online communities can save a lot of time and money as there’s no need to travel long distances, replenish the petrol tank or raid the purse for train and bus fares. 

Sunday, 22 March, 2015
Theatre Nemo 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ

IRISS, in partnership with Creative Scotland, is hosting four sessions as part of the Connecting the Conversation series. These conversations are designed to celebrate and connect the practice of artists and practitioners working together in participatory settings. 

Conversation 4: Creatively communicating

In the fourth conversation Initium Arts will use visual art, drama and music to facilitate the open topic of ‘conversations’, focussing on what we hear, what we see, and what we feel during communication.

Interview with Charlene Tait, Development Director, Scottish Autism

In this short video, new IRISS Champion, Charlene Tait, describes the process of sharing knowledge to improve practice within Scottish Autism.

This forms part of the IRISS evidence informed practice case study series designed to help practitioners share their experiences of using different types of evidence to change the delivery of services.

2 Mar, 2012 by Michelle Drumm

"One of the main things I became aware of during my studies was that when people were given tools that enabled them to visualise their lives, conversations became quite reflective, emotional and philosophical", according to Gayle Rice, Project Manager at IRISS, reflecting on the importance of communication in social work. 

Read more of her thoughts on the subject in her latest blog post featured in the Guardian Social Care Network.

iPad prototype

Talking Mats (TM) is a unique low-tech interactive communication framework devised through research projects at Stirling University. Since its original development TM has been used with many people (adults and children) both with and without communication difficulties in the UK and abroad and has won several awards. Until now TM has been purely a low-tech tool but with the technology now available it is now possible that TM could be successful as a high-tech format which will easily record users’ views.

Jane Kennedy, Parliamentary Communications Offcier, ADSW and Ian Coldwell, Pagoda Public Relations

Introduction to Supporting Excellent Communications in Social Care, an event organised by the Association of Social Work Comminicators to promote the ADSW campaign to improve the public profile of social workers, held in Dundee, 11 September 2009.


Walter LaMendola, Graduate School of Social Work,University of Denver.

Connected Practice Symposium, Human Services in the Network Society, Changes, Challenges & Opportunities. The Institute for Advanced Studies, Glasgow 14-15 September 2009.