Academic Digital Event


JISC on Ning; Official site, including links to some keynotes, etc.; Tweetstream

Notes from iPhone

Initial Speeches

  • Next 10 years hard – value & impact. jisc – making it possible. 200 institutions – small pump priming – impact. Advice, saving around #12 per #1. Collective licensing, saving around #43 million. Digitised 6.5million hard too access items.
  • Better collaboration – not about tech but about teachers.
  • Martin Bean. Trends & changes. Globalisation (250million) Massification (lifelong learning), Privatisation (1/3, expect increasing role).
  • Collective challenge – educate citizens for new types of work. Will you leave some behind because of access to new technology? No favours if don’t implement it. STEM – key for competitive workforce. Transforming information into meaningful knowledge. [book – Megatrends, 1982] No longer where/how ton find info, but making sense/understanding trust. Big trend – trusted content & where to go for it.
  • Learning in the workplace needs to become integral. Artificial barriers we have constructed – between sectors & institutions – need more flexible/credit based!
  • Importance of ‘The Student Experience’.
  • Students value – autonomy, authenticity, connecting & sharing, creativity, individuality, constant stimulation. Priorities – friends, fun, music, real time interaction, self presentation [see slide]. Look at our l&t & assessment systems – complete mismatch. As students pay more, will ge bigger designs. So little f2f time with students, so move as much of this knowledge transfer to different spaces… Polling, simple, but profound impact -Carl Wyman – clicking & polling.
  • Digital lifestyles & digital workstyles – no it’s just m life… HE must remove artificial barriers. Ou moved from tv to online… Active collaboration from phones/ipad, etc – eg real time Uploads from volcanoes – excite & inspire in informal world, move towards formal… Open Learn – open educational resources… Full video conferencing, mind mapping. OER – real power in 3rd world countries, etc.
  • Start with people & process – not the technology – don’t get so excited with tech, forget the brains that need to use them!
  • So why are we trying to move people into our system? Branding, credentialling, etc…expecting to move from free to fee .. Use technology for what it’s good for, allows space to do more exciting things …. Move from content centric to people centric. What is trusted content – eg used to trust Encyclopeadias … Where might we be in 10 years? Will we be subsumed by commercial factors?

World War I Poetry Archive

  • University of Oxford, Ww1 Poetry archive – published a no of famous materials. Others indicated had materials so decided to do a sweep of the nation – march 08, piggy backing on top of build up. Self submission f data – via website -had experts who were crowdsourced who checked was valid – then went to museums & libraries for live submission… Risky venture, didn’t know who would turn up/what submit… Had about 3000 items (no porn bots)
  • Often accepted any quality of images – good enough for research & teaching… Costs v low, every single item has a sort behind it – mix of academic/general…
  • Workshops of creating community collections… About to crowdsourced Anglo Saxon Britain @katiedigital
  • Anyone can do galaxy research – collaborators not users, contribute to real research, don’t waste people’s time. 6 x day – boats test water temp etc – so lots of ships logs data. [Afron]
  • Content produced locally by general public – story starts in King’s Cross 2002. Deprivation area – got involved in local communities – drowning in paperwork – set up blog on Typepad – started to bring info – now has strong working relationship with Council – put pics up – now public so moral pressure to deal with it… Getting a snapshot of the local picture — wanted to keep – still not clear how such things can be archived… Ugly web 2.0 site – no social media – 4.1 million posts in a basic forum in Sheffield. Many examples of site – many subsidised by locals – few pints of lager a month… Often via Ning.
  • BBC 2002 – led by broadcaster – sceptical about Ww2peoples war – target audience 66, not digitally literate? Thousands of stories contributed, many completely original – needed a lot of community support as was a lot of skepticism in the BBC (post blog & ww2 community still going). Making a difference for researchers, local communities, families etc. 100 objects. Already about 400. Add your own items … More ‘people’s history’! Podcasts, etc… Users can categorise own objects – but users can also find same material… Contributors maintain copyright but give BBC opp to share it!! Valuable way to get people engaged in history…
  • Want to understand more about how this types of engagement aids existing collections &/or university links with other external bodies.

Hmm, thought had taken more notes than that!