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Like the idea of Facebook University?

Mon, 30 May 2016 20:09:08 +0000

The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) last week published an article on the possibility of Facebook, Google and other tech companies offering degrees in the UK. Not as outlandish as you might expect, because the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills white paper Success as a Knowledge Economy sets out plans to “make it quicker … Continue reading Like the idea of Facebook University?

Reflections on the 1:AM altmetrics conference

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:53:40 +0000

I recently attended 1:AM, the first altmetrics conference, and I am still considering what I learnt from the various perspectives presented by publishers, funders, policy makers, librarians, and researchers. One impression that I came away with strongly is that the use of altmetrics as a proxy indicator of research impact is neither straightforward nor accepted, but … Continue reading Reflections on the 1:AM altmetrics conference

Institutional VLEs, why bother?

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:29:36 +0000

As part of a current debate on the role of the LMS and the VLE in an agenda of openness, Amber suggests that VLEs can be many things but they are not fundamentally evil: “VLEs can be used as a platform for fantastic blended and online learning, but even if they are not used to that extent, … Continue reading Institutional VLEs, why bother?

Conference Twitter overwhelm, is it just me?

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:37:49 +0000

I was at a conference recently that was actively promoting the use of social media including Twitter. Most conferences do these days it seems. It was a good opportunity to share thoughts and experiences with other participants and to engage with an audience not attending the conference itself by tweeting for example using the conference … Continue reading Conference Twitter overwhelm, is it just me?

Happy birthday Opportunity

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000

Ten years ago today I wrote a short blog piece to note the landing of the NASA Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars. With the Spirit rover already on Mars I wrote “this is going to be an exciting next few weeks”. The mission was planned to last around 3 month. Well a decade … Continue reading Happy birthday Opportunity

Proliferation of researcher profiles

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 16:27:11 +0000

As a research active academic I publish papers and engage in other research activities that hopefully have some impact. Just what that impact is and how to measure it will be the subject of a later post – protip it’s altmetrics. The first challenge however is to assemble a list of all my research outputs. … Continue reading Proliferation of researcher profiles

Happy New Year! (again)

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:00:43 +0000

A custom of this now nearly dormant weblog is a post at new year. The first such post that I could find was for 2002. Back then I was using Radio UserLand as my blogging platform. WordPress had yet to be invented. By 2002 I had already been blogging for a couple of years. One … Continue reading Happy New Year! (again)

Where will the money for MOOCs come from?

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:09:38 +0000

The thing that caught my eye about this report in the Chronicle of Bill Gates’ keynote at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit was: “In the Q&A, Mr. Gates predicted that MOOCs would not be “place-based” classes but would be led by a small subset of instructors who taught to a broad audience. There’s a set of … Continue reading Where will the money for MOOCs come from?

Goodbye Google Reader hello Feedly

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 09:27:07 +0000

The retirement of Google Reader has forced me like many others to look for an alternative service to manage my RSS subscriptions. I’ve tried a number of services and apps and have decided to go with Feedly, at least for now. Feedly made the transition from Google easy because I started using it as an interface to … Continue reading Goodbye Google Reader hello Feedly

Bulletproof blog

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 19:34:52 +0000

I’ve had an interesting few weeks fixing my blog. It was hacked. I suspect – though I have no direct proof – through my domain host CPanel account. Reading around the Internet, the host that I had chosen and had been happy with for a number of years had been victim to a server attack … Continue reading Bulletproof blog