Archive for December, 2008

Higher Education Academy / JISC Combined Events Calendar

This is another small project I’m running, an attempt to pull together all learning and teaching events across the subject community in the UK:

JISC/HEA Interactive Calendar

JISC/HEA Interactive Calendar

http://www.engsc.ac.uk/rssfeeds/caldemo.htm

What’s a little unfortunate about this project was it only really got into second gear – its ended up being a good “proof of concept” rather than a solution.  Some more funding and time and I could have really got it going. A project like this also requires a “nightwatchman” to make sure new feeds that spring up get checked and included as appropriate.

Rosy Future.

I must say though that iCAL is an excellent easy to work with event details format a great piece of pragmatic design which has established a deserved position as the way to share events information between machines – RSS is good at this also but was always intended for humans to use ultimately – this is a machine to machine language and it does what it does very well.

Get Involved:

I created a tool kit document to help interested parties to develop iCAL as part of their business functioning – from very technical to dead simple solutions. I hope not a stuffy document, written in an informal style.

Create an iCal feed Toolkit (Word/Open Office document)

December 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

My directorial debut: Education Working Better with Employers

Our most recent project is now live and is my directorial debut in the field of education at any rate. It has a no-nonsense title: Education Working Better with Employers: a video from the Engage Project

Mike Pilbeam (VP. Cisco Systems) talks to Professor Fred Maillardet about issues and challenges of industry and academia working more closely together.

Mike Pilbeam (VP. Cisco Systems) talks to Professor Fred Maillardet

Mike Pilbeam (VP. Cisco Systems) talks to Professor Fred Maillardet

You can see the video and a handy index of it’s contents plus download and embedding options on the website at http://www.engsc.ac.uk/engage/industryacademia.asp

(This video is also available in DVD format on request).

ISO copy of the DVD (3.7Gb) is also available. This can be used to burn an exact copy of the DVD.
This video and DVD have been released under a Creative Commons UK usage licence and Scottish usage licence to encourage use by engineering academics, students, industry and others with an interest in the skills of engineering graduates.

December 16, 2008 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Series of presentations on Virtual worlds in Education

I’ve done a series of presentations on Virtual worlds in Education concentrating on the issues of immersion, presense, accessibility, inclusion and exclusion.

Rob Presenting at ReLIVE08 on Virtual worlds and Autism

Rob Presenting at ReLIVE08 on Virtual worlds and Autism

It’s a difficult subject to talk about because my colleagues and I are still building up the core research. That and the usual reluctance to fund blue-sky work in fields that look like “playing” means at present its largely supposition and anecdote . I’ve been left feeling my talks have been weak on rigour and practical advice. I like to frame a problem then offer a solution…

December 3, 2008 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment


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