How to Build Your Own Mobile Usability Kit

Here at RefME we love our users almost as much as we love citations. As the company’s User Researcher, my job is to better understand how students use our services to create, manage and export bibliographies for their assignments, trying to capture which part of the experience works well for them and which aspects can […]

Usability Lab on a Budget for Start-ups

  When I first joined RefME as a user researcher, one of my first challenges was to set up our in-house usability lab from scratch. Offering a great user experience to our users has always been one of RefME’s top priorities, and conducting usability testing sessions to understand how our product is used, has been […]

Introducing RefME Institute, RefME Plus and the future

When I started RefME I never thought that two years later I’d be sat here writing a blog to our millions of users, with a team in the US and nearly 50 employees about to announce two amazing new products. I started RefME as I really (no…really!) struggled with citations. In fact, I spent more […]

Higher Education and the Data Revolution

Paul Clark – CEO of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) – has worked in Higher Education in a range of roles for 20+ years. He has led a number of sector-wide data initiatives, including work on open data, improving data skills and using data for increased efficiency and benchmarking.  Data is becoming ever more […]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Students’ Attitudes Towards Plagiarism

Click on the image to open the full data visual. It’s clear that accurate referencing has a great impact on students’ success at university. Referencing is a fundamental exercise in academia and, with increasing abundance of readily-available information today, the importance of ‘giving credit where credit is due’ becomes all the more significant. At RefME, […]

#LibrariesTransform: National Library Week

This year, National Library Week is happening in the United States from April 10-16. Given RefME’s growing presence in the US and partnerships with top US universities, we feel it’s all the more fitting to share our love for libraries from across the pond. Plus – beyond the conversation surrounding MLA format, APA citation, and […]

Why I joined RefME: My Ringside Seat to the Evolution of Academic Libraries

Thoughts from a tech enthusiast, library evangelist & higher education devotee  Having spent the majority of my working life within higher education software companies, I realised that this was never my intention at the onset of my career and I was certain that “library land” would be just another stop along the journey. Fast forward […]

Librarians, How Can You Improve Your Students’ Learning Experience With Data?

This week the RefME team attended LILAC 2016 (#lilac16) in Dublin, meeting and talking to an audience of over 300 librarians and learning services staff from across the globe. Yaz El Hakim and I ran an interactive workshop, which explored the growing significance of Learner Analytics in Higher Education. Our workshop focused on the central […]

#Digifest16: Quality Space for Innovation in Learning and Teaching with Technology

The Jisc Digifest 2016 was a brilliant event this year with some engaging keynotes and compelling presentations (and featured some of the best tech companies in education). The two day event celebrated the power of digital – hence – RefME’s presence as an exhibitor. Held in Birmingham, England, from March 2-3, the event drew attendees from various roles within […]