Talks in 2018

I’ve been somewhat remise in 2018 to include links to presentations I’ve given in this blog but I’ve gone back and published posts with slides and any material. Because you’ll probably miss these as they are now buried in the archive here is a summary: OER18: APIs … Opening for All: A beginners introduction to […]

Virtual Teams: Checklists, kindness and Secret Santa – nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more

This post continues the series on openly sharing our approach to leading a virtual team – a joint project with Maren Deepwell (cross-posted here) for which we write a monthly blog post. November This month we discuss checklists, how each of our staff invented their own scale to rate their week and treating others with […]

What about GDPR?

Talk at ELESIG Scotland, University of Dundee, 26 November 2018 I was asked by ELESIG Scotland to talk about the GDPR in the context of learning and teaching. The presentation covered some of the basic principles including definitions of personal data and processing activities, lawful basis for processing data, and a look at how GDPR […]

Virtual Teams: Remote crisis

This post continues the series on openly sharing our approach to leading a virtual team – a joint project with Maren Deepwell (cross-posted here) for which we write a monthly blog post. October This month we discuss ways in which we could develop our approach to virtual team leadership including dealing with critical incidents when […]

Introduction to building conversational interfaces with Dialogflow in Google Apps Script powered Google Hangouts Chat bots

In this blog post I’m going to show you how you can use Google Dialogflow in your Google Hangouts Chat bots to easily create AI powered conversational interfaces.

A Bitly shim for UrlShortener service in Google Apps Script

In March 2018 Google announced it was closing it’s Google URL Shortener giving developers one year to migrate to their new Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) service or other providers. The URLShortener is also an Advanced Service in Google Apps Script and so far I’ve seen no news that a FDL service will be created in its place. Our organisation had […]

Virtual Teams: The serious upsides of working in pyjamas

This post continues our series on openly sharing our approach to leading a virtual team – a joint project with Maren Deepwell (cross-posted here) for which we write a monthly blog post, some of which are special podcast/conference editions. September This month we discuss some of the more serious upsides to home working. Maren: We’ve […]

Virtual Teams: Pizza and virtual team dynamics

This post continues our series on ‘openly sharing our approach to leading a virtual team’ – a joint project with Maren Deepwell (cross-posted here) for which we write a monthly blog post, some of which are special podcast/conference editions. August We are at the end of the busiest month of our organisation’s year in the […]

TAGS gets a timeline widget to display your latest archived tweets (replacement for the Twitter search timeline widget)

On 23 March 2018 Twitter announced that it was retiring search timeline widgets, suggesting people moved to a Curate a Collection of Tweets. For a lot of people, myself included, this is far from an ideal solution. Given the number of hashtag communities I’m part of I’d much prefer to set something up and let […]

ALT Annual Conference 2018: Celebrating 25 years of new connections in knowledge and friendship #altc

Next month it will be the 25th Association for Learning Technology Annual Conference. As a member of the ALT staff team I’ve attend the conference every year from 2013. My first Annual Conference was in 2009 and is memorable for a number of reasons. At the time I was working for the Jisc RSC Scotland […]

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