What I’ve starred this month: September 28, 2012

Here's some posts which have caught my attention this month: Times Higher Education – National Student Survey – Key information may not unlock choice – September 27, 2012 How To Get Your YouTube Videos Back From Google – September 27, 2012 Sheila’s work blog » Big data, learning analytics, a crack team from the OU […]

Coursera #compdata week 1: Reflections and playing with reading/subsetting data in R with data from NodeXL

You’ll not find a more mixed blog post: childhood memories; reflections on introductory R coursera course; and reading/subsetting data from NodeXL

New YouTube beta feature to add multiple choice questions – still a bit too beta

Via Doug Holton I spotted that there is a new YouTube beta feature to add multiple choice questions (MCQ) to your Youtube videos. Those who have already taken a course on Coursera (surely everyone has now ;), will know the video with MCQ is one of the staples. Is Google trying to rock the boat in the mass online education market?

Converting blog post urls into MS Word documents using Google Apps Script #oerri

Outlining some Google Apps Script code I’ve written that takes some blog post urls and makes a downloadable html/.doc report

Experiment with interactive wordcloud of #smwgla Twitter community profile descriptions (making a JSON query on Google Spreadsheet data)

I should say this post contains a lot of technical information, doesn’t give much background and is mainly for my hard-core followers This is a very lose sketch of an experiment I might refine which uses Jason Davies wordcloud script (add-on for d3.js) as a way to filter data hosted in a Google Spreadsheet. I […]

Reshaping importHTML data in Google Spreadsheet using QUERY and TRANSPOSE formula

importHTML is a fantastic formula you can use in Google Spreadsheets, but did you know you can combine with QUERY and TRANSPOSE for more selective data import. Here’s how

[Failed] Embedding live data from Google Spreadsheet with Apps Script ContentService in PowerPoint using oomfo

I came, I saw, I failed. This was a potentially promising hack that didn’t work out. Hopefully you’ll get as much benefit from failure, as from success. Today I can across oomfo (from the same makers as FusionCharts): oomfo is a plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint that brings all the awesomeness of FusionCharts Suite XT to […]

‘Activity’ in the Twitter backchannel at #altc2012 day 1

The graph on the right is taken from a paper mentioned in Eric Mazur’s keynote from the first day of the ALT* Conference 2012. The paper, A Wearable Sensor for Unobtrusive, Long-Term Assessment of Electrodermal Activity (Poh, Swenson & Picard, 2010), reports the study of an experimental wristband which can record brain activity. Mazur used […]

IFTTT: IF I do THAT on {insert social network/rss feed/other} THEN add row to Google Spreadsheet

IFTTT is a web service that lets you do some basic plumbing between web services. Here’s a quick recipe for backing up RSS feeds to a Google Spreadsheet

Notes on Jorum’s 2012 Summer of Enhancements: SEO and OER #ukoer

Jorum (an OER repository) are undertaking a ‘summer of enhancements’. Having just contributed a chapter on OER Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Discoverability I have a look at part of this work through that lense.

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