Category Archives: education

The FishDelish Project: Open linked data for species description

Events today made me realise that we never blogged about FishDelish here, a project that we performed June 2010 to July 2011, in partnership with the University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science (UMCS) and the FishBase Information and Research Group Inc (FIN), a not-for-profit NGO.

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Finished Jorum contracts

Hedtek are pleased to announce that they have finished their third contract for Jorum, an Open Educational Resource repository run by Mimas, a JISC funded National Data Centre. As the major part of that work we designed and developed a very clean user interface to replace Jorum’s rather arcane and frustrating user interface. The new […]

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A day in the country with the Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Advisory Board

I enjoy my role as a member of the Advisory Board for the HEA funded Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project. Today was no exception; our most recent meeting was held at the Field Studies Center at Preston Montford in Shropshire, and offered the opportunity of a post-prandial stroll round the Center’s 12ha grounds.

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#uniproj and #wikiquals

Here I am at the University Project weekend in London, sitting with Fred Garnett, blogging at the wikiquals table in the ‘Pro action cafe‘ where we are talking about learners self-organising and self-certifying their qualifications. We’ve just had a few rounds of people throwing around and discussing ideas of where wikiquals should go/be/do. So as […]

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COMP61511 and learning Ruby

This is a post that may disappear from this blog, it’s for COMP61511, a postgraduate course unit that we teach annually to postgraduate computer scientists at the University of Manchester. This is a course that will be unlike any others you have done in your education to date; co-operative peer-assisted looms large: you end up working […]

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Achieving the impossible

Increasingly austere times are upon us, and despite a degree of ring-fencing of the education budget after the 2010 election, the future for education in the UK looks increasingly grim. Today we see further confirmation of a rumour in HE circles, that there looks likely to be a large cut in Higher Education funding in […]

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