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University of Southampton MOOCs: the how and why

Kate and I were very pleased to present a summary of Southampton's progress with MOOCs and their impact within the classroom to FutureLearn's Partner Advisory Group Event yesterday. It was an honour (and a challenge!) to follow on from such inspirational and energetic speakers as Peter Horrocks, VC of the Open University, Simon Nelson the CEO of Futurelearn, Helena Gillespie Director of Teaching and Learning at UEA, and many others. Continue reading →

Bringing MOOCs into the Classroom

http://www.slideshare.net/lisaharris/bringing-moocs-into-the-classroom The last WSI / ILIaD lunch event of 2015 focused on the value our MOOCs are adding to 1) the University of Southampton brand and 2) the delivery of established courses at the University. You can watch a short summary video and the full presentations by Kate Dickens from ILIaD, Les Carr and Lisa Harris from WSI, and Kate Borthwick from LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. Continue reading →

Redecentralize the Web: Event Report

A few weeks ago I went to an unconference called “redecentralize the web“. It was a two day event but I decided to go for just the Saturday as I needed at least some weekend downtime. The venue was excellent. It was hosted at the ThoughtWorks office in SoHo, London. Working wifi, nearly enough coffee, very good food (in 2015 geeks eat kale). My main goal for the day was to talk about the work we’ve done around the autodiscoverable Organisation Profile Documents. Continue reading →

Welcome to new Digital Champions!

It was great to see so many old and new faces at the Digital Champions "start of year lunch" the other day: From last year we have Tim O'Riordan, Sarah Hewitt, Gareth Beeston, Bartosz Paszcza (all from Web Science), Alex Hovden (Physics) and Sylvian Patrick (Digital Marketing). Newbies signed up so far this term are Amanda Herron, Hourik Sarafian and Ashley Stout (Digital Marketing) and Nic Fair and Dola Majekodunmi (Web Science) and there are more to come... Continue reading →

Data Literacy Workshop at #WebSci15

This workshop was held as part of the Web Science 2015 Conference in Oxford, on a boiling June 30th. Invited speakers included Jonathan Gray, Director of Policy at the Open Knowledge Foundation, Katelyn Rogers from the School of Data and James Stewart from the Government Digital Services team. The panel was moderated by Sir Nigel Shadbolt, one of whose tweets about the workshop was retweeted 28 times! https://twitter. Continue reading →

MOOC Data Visualisation Hackthon

Exploring and presenting our research data in a readily understandable visual form is an important aspect of communicating our work. Last week at our inaugural MOOC Data Visualisation Hackthon, members of the Web Observatory team and the Web and Internet Science research group at the University of Southampton get together to share and develop d3 skills, explore new datasets, and make meaningful visualisations. Continue reading →