EUSA teaching awards nominations open

nominate now appleIf you’ve enjoyed this semester’s courses and feel like giving any of your tutors, or the programme, a boost – bear in mind that the EUSA teaching awards nominations are now open!

You can nominate in these categories:

Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor

Supporting Student Learning

Campbell Award for Teaching in Humanities and Social Sciences

Best Department

Best Course

Vitae Postgraduates Who Tutor

Developing Student Employability Award

Innovative Teaching Award

Best Director of Studies

Best Feedback

Read more, and make nominations, here:

Tom Boellstorff – Live in Second Life!

Tom Boellstorff​ will be chatting to educational researchers (of virtual worlds) on December 1st 4pm GMT.

Tom is a Professor in the Dept of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine and also Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, Journal of the American Anthropological Association​. The SLurl is:

This will hopefully be of interest to those that have read his book “Coming of Age in Second Life​: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtual Human”, a chapter of which we use as core reading on IDEL Week 4.

Beta Launch of New Geospatial Technology Tools – London, Monday 28th November 2011 – Book Now!

I wanted to share news of an upcoming event – free to attend – as it is a chance to see the outputs of 12 UK Higher Education projects of which at least 3 relate to elearning and mobile learning directly and I think that we have a fourth project that will have some fantastic applications in eLearning. All are welcome but you do need to book –  here’s the official blurb:

“Because everyone will eventually have ‘an App’ in their pocket that uses GPS!”

JISC is pleased to announce the launch of several new BETA products and tools centred around geospatial technology and aimed at Universities, Colleges and Schools. Come along and experiment with these soon-to-be-released products at a special one day event on Monday November 28th at Ravensborough College (next door to the Milennium Dome) in London. We encourage students, researchers and teaching staff from all disciplines to attend and sample these fantastic new tools so that we can further their usefulness to everyone in Academia. Come along and discover how Geo really is part of everyday work and play 🙂

So, what can you expect?

Well, we have a fantastic set of geospatial tools and projects including these highlights:

Are you a student? You’ll want to see the #Gemma project (University College London) and their cool new Android and iPhone apps that help collect data for research projects and assignments and then present your data as colourful maps. Want to impress your teachers and get a better grade on your next assignment? Want to use your smartphone for data collection? Then you need to check this event out.

Are you a researcher? You’ll want to see how the Halogen2 (University of Leicester) project have build cross-disciplinary geo links between DNA data and other scholarly datasets: archaeology, genealogy, history…. Welcome to the future of cross-disciplinary research!

Are you a teacher? You’ll want to see the new handbook that GeoSciTeach? (Institute of Education) is producing on how to integrate geospatial tools into class activities. See how they used mobile phones to conduct a lesson at Kew Gardens, making the great outdoors into an interactive teaching and learning space. In short, you’re not cool unless you’ve got geospatial in school!

Best of all the day is finished up with an evening Awards party (in the Millenium Dome!) for the projects and all their hard work. Come shake hands with these projects, toast their success and find out who will win Geospatial project of the Year!

For a Draft Agenda for the event please see:

Please use the hashtag “#jiscGEO” to talk about this event on your favourite social network.

To register for this event please use the following link (Day 1 is the ‘Show and Tell’ Day described above for these projects – though you are welcome to stay on and learn more about geo on the other event days):

See you there!

Nicola Osborne

JISC GECO Project Team

JISC GECO Website:

Follow us: @jiscGECO

The Memex

I came across this article today, written in 1945, considering all the magnificent technological possibilities that the future might hold.

As we may think

“Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.

“It consists of a desk, and while it can presumably be operated from a distance, it is primarily the piece of furniture at which he works. On the top are slanting translucent screens, on which material can be projected for convenient reading. There is a keyboard, and sets of buttons and levers. Otherwise it looks like an ordinary desk.

“In one end is the stored material. The matter of bulk is well taken care of by improved microfilm. Only a small part of the interior of the memex is devoted to storage, the rest to mechanism. Yet if the user inserted 5000 pages of material a day it would take him hundreds of years to fill the repository, so he can be profligate and enter material freely.”

and so on. Fascinating!

Learning, spaces and technology: exploring the concept

The “Learning, spaces and technology: exploring the concept” is a publication aimed at anyone who has, or may be, engaged in creating, managing or supporting a large-scale learning space. It is not simply an account of the jointly funded JISC/CCCU iBorrow Project or the Augustine House Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. Rather, it draws on our experience within the project to look and reflect on the issues surrounding the phenomenon of large-scale learning centres which have been a feature of estate development within UK Higher Education for more than a decade. Chapter 14 of the book draws upon my MSc in e-Learning dissertation: “Towards aligning pedagogy, space and technology inside a large-scale learning environment“.

This book is freely available as downloadable PDFs from: