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Book Review: The Digital Scholar by Martin Weller

I’m sure that regular readers and contributors to Martin’s blog will be delighted with this book. Although he takes care to be objective throughout the text, its subtitle should read something like ‘wake up and smell the coffee’. The real challenge will be getting the book onto the radar (and from there into the practice) of university staff who are still operating along more traditional lines despite massive environmental change. Continue reading →

Reflections on the Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Conference #PLE_SOU

Last week Hugh Davis, Su White and I hosted the 2nd International PLE Conference in the brand new Life Sciences Building at the University of Southampton. The event provided a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences around the development and implementation of PLEs, including the design of such environments and the sociological and educational issues that they raise. There were around 90 visitors from all over Europe and as far away as New Zealand and Pakistan. Continue reading →

Why Study Web Science? Lessons from History

William Dampier explored and mapped the coast of Western Australia fully 80 years before James Cook encountered Botany Bay. Largely forgotten today, Dampier landed in Shark Bay, Western Australia in 1699. He was a true pioneer with lasting influence upon such diverse fields as evolution, exploration, meteorology, navigation, commerce and travel writing. He was also a pirate who could have faced the same grisly fate as his contemporary Captain Kidd. Continue reading →

Southampton Mathematics wins almost £1m in grants for underpinning research in Digital Economy and Energy

Two teams led by mathematicians from Southampton's School of Mathematics have been successful in the recent EPSRC call 'Mathematics underpinning digital economy and energy' with grant awards close to £1m. Ranking first in the Mathematics and Digital Economy section, the project 'Coarse geometry and cohomology of large data sets' received just under £700,000 and Professor Jacek Brodzki from the School is the Principal Investigator. Continue reading →