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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

Fiona Grindey attended this event last week – all online and very interactive.   The conference was based on two themes – Theme 1 was ‘Finding the Way’ and Theme 2 was  ‘ Meeting the Challenge’.   Each of these themes had a series of resources relating to them.  There are resources relating to the presentations and discussion forums at the event which were either a live presentation using Elluminate or discussion forums, each with a whole set of resources and reading material, which could sometimes included video.

Theme 1 posed questions such as:

  • What are the needs and expectations of learners using technology in their learning? How can we distinguish between the myths and the reality, and respond effectively?
  • Is there a role for social media in supporting, engaging and retaining learners?
  • How can technology enhance the broader canvas of curriculum delivery?
  • What are the benefits and challenges posed by open educational resources?
  • What will educational institutions look like in the future?

The keynote for this theme was from Charles Leadbeater via Elluminate was ‘The role of innovation in education’.  At which there was a lively discussion and a very good attendance.

Theme 2 posed questions such as:

  • How can institutions respond with more agility to the changing needs of the workplace?
  • How can institutions engage employers and professional bodies in curriculum design?
  • Adopt or avoid? Can virtual worlds open up new routes to learning?
  • How can the design of technology-rich physical learning spaces be informed by research?

The keynote for this theme was ‘Becoming an edgeless university’  with Peter Bradwell,  an independent researcher with Demos, who looked at how institutions could explore ways to prepare for the future. Peter’s presentation is based on the 2009 Demos report, The Edgeless University.

All the resources from the event will be availble via the JISC website in January 2010.

There was  recent post about the conference on the JISC e-Learning Programme blog.

If you would like to know more about the conference please let me know.

I have just presented at the National Workshop on Learning in Immersive Worlds yesterday at Coventry University with Julie Watson in Modern Languages.  I presented the model of the coordination and management of the University island and talked about how the communication between the five projects in the Schools and disciplines (Medicine, Modern Languages, Archaeology, Chemistry and Education) are maintained. Julie presented her work on one of the projects and also that of the M3 Project.

It was a really interesting event and there were a lot of interesting and new ideas, including augmented reality and also it was interesting to find out what has been going on elsewhere in Second Life.  I attended presentations on the use of Sloodle for dynamic interactions from Peter Bloomfield of University of West of England and also a presentation from Dr David White of Oxford University giving an interesting insight to the views of students from their Open Habitat project.  I will be providing a more comprehensive update to the Second Life interest Group via the mailing list (secondlife-info) which can be subscribed to through the majordomo lists at http://www.lists.soton.ac.uk

If you are interested in how the University of Southampton has been using virtual worlds to enhance education and research, please get in touch with  Fiona Grindey in LATEU.

 

The E-Learning Implementation Group (Chaired by Rosalynd Jowett) and The E-Learning Strategy Group (Chaired by Hugh Davis) have now merged to form the Technology Enhanced Learning Steering and Implementation Group (TELSIG).  this new group will be able to contribute and respond to the new University strategies for education as they are put in place.  The Group will report via Hugh to the Education Committee and will help to drive forward technology enhanced learning initiatives and innovations at University level.

Professor Hugh Davis although head of ECS Learning Societies Lab is also University Director of Education with a responsibility for E-Learning.

The date of the next meeting will be Thursday January 21st – any items for consideration at the meeting need to be sent to Fiona Grindey by Monday 4th January to allow two weeks notice for the Group.