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Web Science students interview Vice Chancellor

Web Science undergraduates and Student Digital Champions Tom Davidson and Tom Rowledge, together with Education PhD students Sharifa Al'Adawi and Abdulsalam Almanthari, recently interviewed the Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden. The objective was to raise awareness of the Researching Assessment Practices (RAP) strategy and encourage more students to participate in the project. https://www.youtube. 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 →

Barry Wellman Distinguished Lecture

This review of the evening has been written by Digichamps Sylvian Jesudoss and Elena Tsarkova On 31st of October at the University of Southampton, we had a unique chance to attend the distinguished lecture by Professor Barry Wellman, organised by Web Science Institute. Barry Wellman is a Canadian-American sociologist and currently director of NetLab at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Continue reading →

Curriculum Innovation & MOOCs: our contributions to ILIaD Launch

The launch of our new Institute for Innovation, Learning and Development (ILIaD) was an ideal opportunity to share some of the work we have been doing recently with MOOCs and Curriculum Innovation. The event was great fun and well supported. The full programme is available here. The University of Southampton’s Vision 2020 states that over the next few years we will “revolutionise education”. Continue reading →

Thunderclap – the results!

On 11th July (over 2 months ago - where has the time gone!) I blogged about our plan to set up a Thunderclap to help us promote the Digital Marketing and Web Science MOOCs. We set the completion date/time for Monday 8th September at 3:30pm. As long as we got at least 100 supporters by that date then our Thunderclap would go live. In the end we got 123 people to support it. The result was that we achieved a social reach of over 456,000 people. Continue reading →

Web Science Summer School 2014

Next week sees the University of Southampton Web Science Institute play host to the inaugural Web Science Summer School.  It aims to provide comprehensive education and networking opportunities to the next generation of Web Scientists. Official participant registration is closed, but staff and students of the University can still informally attend the keynote speeches for free. Continue reading →

Thunderclap – the social media flashmob!

As part of my summer internship here at the WSI I am promoting Web Science in all shapes and forms. Part of that involves promoting our MOOC (Web Science) and I am also helping to promote Dr Lisa Harris' brand new MOOC in Digital Marketing. I have been investigating the concept of a Thunderclap. A Thunderclap is... if you can imagine it... a flashmob on social media. It is a way of putting across a message to as many people  as possible using social media. Continue reading →