Showing posts from April, 2009

The shiny blog post about LD's Operational Meeting

A little incursion from LD into the Arts' blog - I'm sure nobody will mind!

These were the questions posted by all at the start of the meeting, because there were sweets:
the majority wanted to know what Web 2.0 is/what was Web 1.0
then the eminently practical 'how does it apply to me/my work/what can it do?'and, for me, the nub of the matter - what should the University's Web 2.0 strategy be?There were additional questions about twitter, social networking and social bookmarking - for these I suggest you can either start by looking around using the navigation on the left on these pages (and keep coming back, as it's a work in progress and I will be adding to it - indeed, send me the links you find and I'll add them). My hope was to answer some of these questions in the presentation that followed - which you can find here:
Web 2.0 Is Very ShinyView more presentations from Bilus. We also recorded the feedback from everybody afterwards, so here's the live capt…

Web 2.0 and the Law for Colleges and Universities

Forthcoming webcast from JISC Legal: Web 2.0 and the Law for Colleges and Universities Wednesday, 22 April 2009 at 2pm, live by Internet to a computer near you.

This is who they say it's for: Lecturers and tutors who are using Web 2.0 technologies, such as social networking technologies (such as Facebook and Bebo), virtual world technologies (such as Second Life and OpenSim), and information sharing technologies (such as Pageflakes and Delicious). Support staff (e.g. IT support, library and LRC staff, e-learning champions) involved in assisting lecturers and tutors in the use of Web 2.0 technologies. If you're reading this, then that almost certainly includes you!

Web 2.0 and the Law for e-Tutors

Thanks Billy

World War 1 Poetry Archive

Following on from the previous post - a Twitter link to follow: WW1 Poetry Archive

And even a Facebook profile: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive


After my initial scepticism, I've gone over to the dark side and find Twitter REALLY useful. This happened at the Oxford Shock of the Old conference, where I experienced a twitter-storm and just found it really useful as a way of engaging in an alternative (and subversive - but that's good for learning) conference dialogue, giving opportunities for asking questions and filling in gaps in knowledge. It was also a great way to get to know people - especially for somebody who dislikes the artifice of 'networking' at conferences.

I think what I'd say about Twitter is give it a go - but be aware that, like much social software, it doesn't make much sense unless you have a reasonable number of active 'followers' and 'following'.
Here's some introductory stuff about Twitter from the OLiA wiki
Here's a useful link for the Top Ten Twitter tools - worth playing with (caveat: the blogger here is using Twitter as a business/marketing tool) And yet anot…

A revised approach to HEFCE's strategy for e-learning

HEFCE has (March 26, 2009) published 'Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology - a revised approach to HEFCE's strategy for e-learning' (HEFCE 2009/12). This revised approach follows an independent review of the strategy and is designed to provide further support to higher education institutions as they develop their own e-learning strategies.

Link to update, including downloadable versions: Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technologyJISC's contribution to the strategy
Thanks for the heads up Kevin at: Gabber

Conference: enhancing learning with technologies Thursday 4th June 2009

The SOLSTICE conference team have announced the programme for their 4th international conference: It’s All in the Blend? Innovation, Research and Development: enhancing learning with technologies. Thursday 4th June 2009, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK

Conference Themes:
Researching elearning notions of impact and effect using technologiesTheoretical bases of elearning and learning environmentsTechnologies and learning environments - physical and virtual spacesImpacting on students’ learning - cause and effect'In development'

I've been to a previous SOLSTICE conference and found it to be well focused, dynamic and professional. The full conference programme, abstracts for sessions and registration details can be found on the conference website:


Well, after blogging about a free event, here's a list of 101 free downloads and services collected together by PC World. Actually, they're not 'undiscovered' as they claim, I'm familiar with many here, however there are a few suprises, so it's well worth spending an idle few minutes (the day's full of them, isn't it!) having a browse.

I would have liked a short description of each freebie, but the 'best bets' list is helpful. I'm going to be checking out Songbird, which looks like a very nice media player and I can see DVD Flick being useful if you've got a cupboard full of old video files and want to burn a workable version to DVD. Let me know which ones you discover...

PC World 101 Fabulous Freebies