How Flexible is your Learning?

With continued question-marks about the financial sustainability of tertiary education it is interesting to see how the educational landscape continues to change. As the tectonic plates of funders and providers continue to move apart, a new landscape is emerging. This new territory has not yet been tarnished with the impurities of profit or politics but instead is rich in the fundamental element […]

Your own wookie widget server on a usb stick [PC]

Regular readers of this blog will notice an almost schizophrenic approach to posts, going from sound* educational technology advice (voting systems, feedback, social media) to the other end of the spectrum with general frolicking in code, mashups and anything with a binary pulse. A new area which up until now I’ve been keeping a watching […]

What I’ve starred this month: March 28, 2011

Here’s some posts which have caught my attention this month: Judith Scott-Clayton: The Dark Side of Choice in Higher Education – – March 25, 2011 – “So while Ms. Engel suggests that high schools ought to provide more of the freedoms of college, others are suggesting that perhaps colleges ought to provide more of […]

How to translate a PDF document

Last night I was trying to translate Dröge, E., Maghferat, P., Puschmann, C., Verbina, J., & Weller, K. (in press/2011). Konferenz-Tweets. Ein Ansatz zur Analyse der TwitterKommunikation bei wissenschaftlichen Konferenzen. Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium for Information Science (pp. n.n.). Boizenburg: Verlag Werner Hülsbusch. (pdf link to paper). I thought The Google Doc Viewer […]

How do I ‘like’ your course? The value of Facebook recommendation

For the JISC Winter Fayre I was asked to fill in for a last minute drop out. My only brief was that the title – though not necessarily the content – should be a reworking of that shown in the programme: ‘CREATE, Reach and Engage’. Following recent conversations/presentations with/from Tony Hirst and Pauline Randall, I […]

JISC Winter Fayre: Festive Tweets Material

A couple of weeks ago we held our postponed JISC Winter Fayre (regional showcase of the best of local practice and the JISCy goodness). Below are my slides and a recording of the Livestream accenttally deleted it – no undo, no backup 🙁 It was the first time I had used Livestream to broadcast what […]

Export Twitter Followers and Friends using a Google Spreadsheet

Note: Twitter recently wrote to me reminding me that methods of obtaining and exporting Twitter content obtained via the Twitter API is prohibited by section I.4.A of our API Terms of Service ( ), specifically: You will not attempt or encourage others to sell, rent, lease, sublicense, redistribute, or syndicate access to the Twitter API or […]

RSC-MP3: Interview with Colin Dalziel about the next version of PebblePad #eportfolio

It’s been a while since I’ve done a podcast but whilst at the  Enhancement Themes conference last week in between promoting JISC and the Services I managed an impromptu interview with Colin Dalziel from Pebble Learning to ask him about the next version of PebblePad, version 3, which is due out by the end of […]

Turning Google Spreadsheets into a personal or group bookmarking service

Recently Yahoo announced that it was going discontinue/sell their Delicious bookmarking service. This led to a swath of messages in my networks by people looking for alternatives and strategies for getting their stuff out. This isn’t a post about how you can get your Delicious bookmarks into something different (most of the other bookmarky sites […]