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Changes at Hedtek

After seven productive and enjoyable years we’ve shut down the previous incarnation of Hedtek in favour of avenues new. We no longer perform bespoke development work. Instead we are pursuing opportunities around a product we spent the last four years developing. However, we still do some external work, if you need a consultant or contractor, please contact us. […]

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A guide to commissioning software part 2: Questions about agile practices

In part 1 I covered a few of the advantages of agile development when commissioning software. In this second post, I deal with common questions that arise from a client perspective; particularly for clients who are new to working with agile developers. I start with a couple of big questions, about money and particularly about value for money and […]

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Robust systems

How pleasing to have a potential client, a developer who knows us and our work well, sitting in our office, discussing a startup and work for the startup, saying words to the effect of: “I’m sitting here talking about this job because I know the systems you build are robust.” Thanks @spotlightkid, you made my […]

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Three JISC CETIS reports on
Analytics for Higher Education

We’ve just finished a lengthy spell of research and reporting that has culminated in three publications in the JISC CETIS Analytics Series. These are: Analytics for the Whole Institution: Balancing Strategy and Tactics with David Kay of Sero Consulting Analytics for Learning and Teaching Analytics for Understanding Research Links in the list above point to […]

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Product Launch: Gradient e-Assessment

On the verge of the ALT-C 2012 conference in Manchester, Hedtek are proud to launch Gradient, our new e-assessment system. Gradient provides solutions for tests, assignments and exams, and supports multiple formats, including for handwritten answer books. Gradient offers: A superb interactive experience for markers Faster and more consistent marking. Enhanced student learning through personalised, actionable […]

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Statistics: we’re doing well !

Since we started out developer blog five months ago we’ve added 36 posts and had more than 4,600 page views; on average 33 times a day. Over a similar time frame our open source gems have been downloaded almost 3,800 times. Meanwhile, our main site (you’re using it) is getting about 1,500 visitors a month; […]

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First paid Moodle work

One of our part-time staff is a Moodle Committer (ie someone who helps look after Moodle source code). Together we are doing our first Moodle job, a small extension to the Moodle Web Services interface. Somewhat noise in the scheme of things, but it helps a friend company, and we’ll contribute the resultant code back […]

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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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Recent and current projects

Over the last months we’ve been busy with a variety of projects large and small. This is a roundup of these activities, from strategy formulation, through feasibility and scoping work, to the construction of increasingly large systems.

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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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