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Digital is more than just the web – lessons from IWMW14

Last month, IWMW14 came to town. Our town. At our invitation. So we worked hard to make it an event worthy of a place we love. With our conference team taking care of the organisation, I was able to sit in on the sessions, so I thought I should blog about them here.

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Visitors and Residents at the Jisc Digital Festival

I was at the Jisc Digital Festival last week to help run a workshop based around the new Visitors and Residents resources we’ve developed with Dave White of the University of Oxford. If you missed that, you can find out all about them here.

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Helping Newcastle University become more digitally literate

The Newcastle University event “Go Digital – Thriving in a Digital World” was all about showcasing the breadth of the digital stuff people do across campus, sharing ideas and inspiring each other. Most of the Netskills team was there and actively involved in what proved to be an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

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Collaborating in Pi Day Live

This Pi Day, we’re helping Oxford University run a free, live online event with the ambitious aim of helping participants to rediscover “one of the most important and beautiful numbers in the universe.” Pi Day Live will feature Professor Marcus du Sautoy, who will explain the significance of Pi and help participants try some ancient techniques to derive its value. Here Steve explains how we’re helping facilitate this through Blackboard Collaborate.

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More natural AR – the gloves and glasses are off

Report on the seminar ‘Reality Remixed: Augmented Reality without Gloves and Glasses’ in which David Kim presented recent advances in augmented reality sensing and display technologies developed at Microsoft Research that aim to make AR interactions more natural.

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Information services and social media

As part of a session at the UCISA event ‘Using Social Media to Communicate’ I facilitated a task designed to explore attitudes to the use of social media by information services. Participants were asked to write comments about what information services should/shouldn’t do with social media and position them along a line of preference. The opinions expressed are presented here in the hope that they might be of use to services (re)considering their use of social media.

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It’s All Geek to Me

My lightning talk at JISC dev8D on how developers in the JISC community can communicate with a broad, non-technical audience. Whilst most of the points I make are common sense, being asked to talk about this at dev8D implies that there is still something of a communication problem between the developers of a system and it’s end-users, so it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of the obvious occasionally.

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Is anyone remotely interested?

I’ve been asked to present remotely on the JISC web2practice project and have been thinking about how best to do this. As someone who’s often in the remote audience for events, I’m aware of how difficult it can be to engage and maintain people’s interest. So, as this will be my first attempt to present to a purely remote audience, I’m hoping for some advice from those who give and receive presentations.

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ALT-C. Be there or be… anywhere

Despite not making it to ALT-C this year, I still felt more involved than I have at some events that I actually attended thanks to the formal and informal (attendee) amplification of the event. These are my notes on the pros and cons of being a remote participant in a tech-enhanced conference that includes streaming of keynotes, twitter back-channels, online discussions and informal amplification by attendees.

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Too much of a good thing?

I recently ran a parallel session at the JISC Users & Innovation programme’s Next Generation Environments conference with my colleague Will Allen. The session titled Too Much of a Good Thing? Individual & institutional responses to emergent technologies explored the implications of an ever-increasing range of web services that staff and students are using as …

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