Month: September 2007

Student expectations study – Our Space, not Your Space.

JISC have released a report looking at the expectations of students entering University – in terms of Computer access/ support/ use in learning etc. Many of their expectations are predictable, that, for example, they’ll be less restricted in the websites that they can access – especially in Halls. Others are similar to some of the…

Help us shape the future « Second Health. This has just been set up, it’s a collaboration between National Physical laboratory & Imperial College. This particular site gives you a direct entry to an orientation island aimed at Health Care workers….

Google Presentation

Google have added a presentation tool to their docs site. I’ve not yet tested it, but it could be useful for students who don’t have Office … but, I still think that Zoho has more to offer than Google at present. Zoho Writer offers integration with Google gears, (Google doesn’t)though as you can only download…

How the Social Web Came to Be

A two part slideshow about the history of the social web. They’re both quite long – and it starts right at the beginning – with monks in 1746 connecting to a battery. It then jumps quite quickly to Vannear Bush (1945), and then almost 260 slides later we have the spread of different social networks…

Facebook friends

Bluetooth helps Facebook friends So, if I have a bluetooth phone, I can register it with Cityware & then when I encounter someone else who has also registered, and they are my friend on facebook, then it will register. However, given that bluetooth doesn’t travel that far, what are the chances that someone on my…

Striking in Second Life.

The Sydney Morning Herald has a report of a threatened strike by IBM workers in SL. The actual dispute surrounds an Italian Internal collective agreement, but employees in 18 countries have agreed to take part. Somehow standing round a brazier in SecondLife isn’t quite the same as in real life (or is it only UK…

Alt-C Thursday am.

One of the best sessions so far this morning… It started out with “Students aren’t prepared for Web 2 technology, are they?” – which highlighted that students were having difficulties using wikis etc., not really because of the technology (though they weren’t as familiar as one might have expected), but due to the fact that…

Alt-C 2007 – Day 1

I’m now in Nottingham at ALT-C – which is a much larger conference than I’ve got used to! There are people everywhere – and a choice of 9 sessions to attend each time. The first Keynote was Michele Selinger (link to Elluminate recording), who spoke about a range of different “chasms” – and how we…