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Any #byod4lwant  people to try the appear.in video conference app? I've set up a channel for testing at: https://appear.in/byod4l-20140129 Note limited to 10 people, and I'll close it down shortly. It has worked on an Android phone. Interested to see if it works on an iPhone/iPad.
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My Redundancy Letter Arrived Today - lots of comments on this post and lots of Twitter discussion.
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The news about the cessation of UKOLN's core funding has been made public. 
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So i heard. Good luck with your next phase.
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Good News From the UK Government: Launch of the Open Standards Principles. 

The UK Government has outlined its open standards principles which form the foundation for the specification of standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT:

1. We place the needs of our users at the heart of our standards choices
2. Our selected open standards will enable suppliers to compete on a level playing field
3. Our standards choices support flexibility and change
4. We adopt open standards that support sustainable cost
5. Our decisions on standards selection are well informed
6. We select open standards using fair and transparent processes
7. We are fair and transparent in the specification and implementation of open standards

The introduction to the  Open Standards Principles document states that:

This policy becomes active on 1 November 2012. From this date government bodies[1] must adhere to the Open Standards Principles – for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT specifications.

Good news, I think.
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Hearng about the #BYOD4L  motivated me to write a blog post about the criteria I used in buying a new tablet over the weekend. I know feel that tablets are consumer products, which we can choice based on factors such as cost, appearance, functionality, etc. Of greater importance are the apps (which tend to me available across the popular platforms), Fortunately I was able to make use of my Facebook connections who advised me on their recommended apps for my new table.
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It might be useful for you to take a look at the 'apps for learning' collated by MELSIG http://melsig.shu.ac.uk/?page_id=170
Would be great to hear what you think about them or you could try some of them out?
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UKOLN's  annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW 2013) event will be held at the University of Bath on 26-28 June 2013.

Although initially targetted at members of institutional Web teams, the scope of the event has broadened in light of the importance of Web technologies across a wide range of institutional activities. The event includes plenary talks on:

o The role of the web in supporting teaching and learning (Et tu MOOC? Massive Online Considerations) and research activities (Turning our Attention to Supporting Research)
o The opportunities provided by open practices (a talk on Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER by Cable Green, Director of Global learning at Creative Commons and one on Mozilla, Open Badges and a Learning Standard for Web Literacy by Doug Belshaw, Mozilla Foundation)
o The Changing Technical Landscape (talks by Martin Hamilton on The Inside-Out University and Paul Walk on Working With Developers)
o The User Experience (talks by Jonathan Hassell, editor of the BS8878 code of practice for Web accessibility and by David Cornforth on Jisc infoNet's experiences in Adapting to Responsive Web Design
o Views from outside the commercial sector, including Paul Boag who will suggest that "Institutional Culture Is Crippling Your Web Strategy!" and Ranjit Sidhu who will ask "9am, 16th August, 2012: "What the fcuk just happened then?"".
o Institutional Case Studies from the Universities of Bath and Bolton.
o Two concluding talks which will seek answers to the question What Does The Future Hold?

In addition to these plenary talks there are also 20 workshop sessions lasting for 90 minutes which provide an opportunity for participants to address topics of interest in more depth.

The full programme is available at
http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/iwmw2013/programme/

The event costs £350 which includes 2 nights' accommodation, event dinner and reception at the Roman Baths.  The booking form is available at
http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/iwmw2013/booking/

A blog post which describes the talks in more details is available at
http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/iwmw-2013-open-for-booking/ 
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My Christmas Eve post: Christmas Future: “Current monopoly of HE will be lost & just a few universities will survive”
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I think it is safe to say there will be competition from online learning organisations - colleges without campuses. Will brand be enough for universities to successfully compete? Or will they have to change their game to become campus-less learning environments? And if the learning environment does move online, will a university's physical presence be an expensive drag on them? 
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Innovation Advocate
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  • CETIS
    Innovation Advocate, 2013 - present
  • UKOLN
    UK Web Focus, 1996 - 2013
    UK Web Focus
  • University of Newcastle
    Senior Netskills Trainer, 1995 - 1996
  • University of Leeds
    Information Office, 1991 - 1995
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Brian Kelly works for Cetis, University of Bolton, UK. However he is a home worker, based in Bath.
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Newcastle - Leeds - Liverpool - Loughborough - Beverley