Social Media Analytics: Using Data to Understand Public Conversations (course feat. TAGS) #FLsocmed

Queensland University of Technology have just started a free FutureLearn course on ‘Social Media Analytics: Using Data to Understand Public Conversations’. The course is described as: From the personal to the political, social media conversations are at the heart of cultural and social change. In this course you will be introduced to digital methods to […]

Learning Resource Metadata/Schema in action: Maths Apps Index

One of the nice things working for CETIS is when organisations like the Association of Learning Technologists (ALT) approach you to contribute to their projects it’s often an opportunity to field test cutting edge innovation. This was the case when ALT recruited me for their Maths Apps Index project. As part of this we implemented LRMI/schema.org resource descriptions into community generated reviews

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 […]

Entice with a bit of Spice: SpicyNodes Mind Mapping and Visualisation Tool

Regular reader of RSC NewsFeed will probably know that we have a fondness towards mind mapping. Recently we came across SpicyNodes which lets you create and present nice ‘floaty’ interactive mind maps. Whilst SpicyNodes doesn’t have the same level of online editing as the likes of Mindmeister, it more than makes up with its visual […]

JorumOpen: A Quick Overview and Competition Details

At JISC RSC Scotland North and East we were recently asked for a quick overview of the JorumOpen repository. The query came from a multiple institutional project who were looking for a means of sharing project resources. There main area of interest were easy of access and licensing/copyright. Below is the information we provided: JorumOpen […]

YouTube Adds Online Video Editor

Google have announced a new online video editor for YouTube. The editor is browser based requiring no additional software to be installed and makes it easy to add existing videos, trim clips, add a new soundtrack before republishing at a click of a button. The video below is YouTube take on the process:   In […]

JISC: Making the Most of Digital Resources

A recent JISC-funded report has highlighted the importance of having clearly stated preservation policies to guarantee the future of digital resources. Key findings from the ‘Digitisation Programme Digital Preservation Study’ include: External examination … or audit … can change practice for the better merely by asking the right questions. Without a written preservation policy, the […]

Turn Learning Microsoft Office into a Game with Ribbon Hero

I’ve been using Microsoft Office 2007 for over two years now and I still struggle to find things in the new menu bar also known as the ‘ribbon’. A recent minor breakthrough was the realisation that not all of the commands are actually displayed (if you click on the round home button, top-left, select ‘Word […]

Highlights from Free Technology for Teachers blog

In the last edition of RSC NewsFeed I confessed to only just discovering the Free Technology for Teachers blog. Since then there have been a number of posts worth highlighting here. HootCourse – A Classroom Application for Twitter “At its most basic HootCourse is a platform on which you can create a conversation channel which […]

Online Resource Gives Freshers Real Picture of University Life

A dynamic JISC-funded website is providing current students with a platform to interact with potential students to give them an accurate and honest forecast of life at university. The Alternative Guide (TAG) to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) site ensures students starting university for the first time develop realistic expectations of higher education as […]

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