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Something rich and strange: Caliban's Island

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I came to The Tempest by way of Eliot's fragments in The Waste Land, so the original play was mysterious and enigmatic to me even before I read it. And, of course, reading a play designed for performance is not the best way to come to it - which is why I was very excited about Somesuch Theatre's production of 'Caliban's Island' on Saturday.

And it was enthralling. 'Caliban's Island' is The Tempest re-imagined and re-told by and through the mischievous spirits of the island after the play is over - a brilliant conceit, brought to fruition by a wonderful production and a really engaging couple of hours in the talented company of Somesuch Theatre's company.

It's easy to imagine the spirits re-telling their story again and again on the magical island as the years unfold: Long continuance, and increasing,/Hourly joys be still upon you!

Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

You can download and read an important report out today about the impact of Web 2.0 on teaching and learning: Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

Haven't read it myself yet, but I'm liking the recommendations for 'Staff Skills: HEIs support staff to continue to reflect on research into learning so that they are able to make fully informed choices about their teaching and assessment methods (paragraphs 86; 88; 98)HEIs support staff to become proficient users of an appropriate range of technologies and skilled practitioners of e-pedagogy, incorporating both into initial staff training and CPD programmes (paragraphs 51–53; 70–71)HEIs explore ways in which the tutor/student relationship might be developed based on the Web 2.0 skills and attitudes of students (paragraphs 52; 89)HEIs provide ongoing support for staff to maintain the currency of their information literacies (paragraph 74)JISC uses its Regional Support Centres2 to assist colleges in the development of staff in the …

Jisc Digital Media

Formerly the not very memorable TASI, JISC Digital Media "exists to help the UK’s FE and HE communities embrace and maximise the use of digital media - and to achieve solutions that are innovative, practical and cost effective."

Well, the website is certainly an encouraging start, it's very user-friendly with three main categories: advice, training and blog. I like simplicity! So, you can subscribe to the blog or check out training opportunies, but best of all, the advice section breaks down into advice on still images, moving images, audio and cross-media into:
Managing a projectDigitising analogue mediaCreating new digital mediaManaging your digital resourcesFinding and using digital images
This resource is extremely comprehensive and looks like it might be THE place to go for info about sound and visual resources - well done, JISC!

JISC Digital Media

Our WebCT - news updates

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Carol Ann Duffy

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"Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion." The new Poet Laureate.

See and hear Carol Ann Duffy's work here at the Poetry Archive.