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Fiona Harvey attended a lecture by Prof Andy Stanford-Clark, Master Inventor at IBM UK today.  It was an absolutely fascinating talk about pervasive innovation and its uses within IBM’s Smarter Planet agenda.   Andy talked about and showed us how his house has been wired up to detect power and water usage and how he has a variety of security checks so that in essence his house can tell him (via Twitter) if he has locked the front door or not.  Not only can he do this but he has also managed to work with a variety of colleagues from across the University to look at flood warnings – Floodnet and has developed a new messaging protocol (MQTT.org)

Andy provided us with a huge range of examples of how he has been using pervasive technology to save time and money – much more than we could post here – take a look at this from Andy’s web site.

Andy also features as part of this Twitter Power User video from EpicFu.com


As you may or may not be aware LATEU have been instrumental in coordinating projects working in Second Life, on the University Island.  They have been running for nearly a year and have proved to be very successful (full evaluations etc will be available in due course).  It seems though, that we now have to think about the future direction for virtual worlds (not just Second Life) as we are all facing reduced funding (or even no funding!)  To that end, I am going to get a steering group together to look at how we move this along.  The initial aim will be to ask the project leaders to be members of the group as they have had first hand experience of using virtual worlds for teaching and research and also to gain input from other interested members of the University community.

I hope that this group will be able to review the experiences of the last year and use this to guide us along.  It does seem reasonable that we should extend the good work that has been created as a result of the efforts over the last year.

As soon as any progress is made here, I will report back to this blog with an update.   Again, if anyone has any questions about this or who would like to be involved please get in touch.

Staff are invited to apply for funding for projects and activities which support the achievements of the University of Southampton Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy and the University of Southampton E-Learning Strategy. The scheme is open to all staff involved in teaching, or learning support, and individuals or teams may apply.

There is a common application scheme for the two funds and initial applications require the completion of a one page “Expression of Interest” Form. The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Application forms is noon on Wednesday 15th October 2008.

The funds can be used for projects of varying scale and nature. Ideally, the intention is to free up staff time for an agreed period so that effort can be focused on developing learning and teaching. Staff may collaborate with colleagues from their School, other Schools or Professional Service.

The criteria that will be used to select projects to be funded are:

  • Alignment with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy
  • Enhancement of the student Experience
  • Transferability across disciplines
  • Value for money
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Collaboration with other Schools
  • Evaluation of Outcomes & Impact
    – a clear method to evaluate the success, outcomes and impact of the project

See our website for full details of the funds and application procedures


Posted on: 17 January, 2008

LATEU offer sessions aimed at addressing issues raised by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy, such as inclusivity, internationalisation and employability. These sessions will help staff to understand how they can help put the strategy in action, and case studies will be presented during Learning and Teaching Week

Further information can be found on our website.