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Mark J Morley

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Whilst doing the ironing at the weekend I caught what I thought was an interesting programme from BBC Two created in conjunction with The Open University. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zxm9b

In the first episode (only 3 days left to view), "Jacques uncovers the importance of product lifespan – revealing how some products are still made to break, how fashion and aspiration are used by companies like IKEA and Apple to keep us constantly ‘upgrading’ – and how even brand new goods get sent for recycling."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01zxmrv/the-men-who-made-us-spend-episode-1

Some might find it interesting.
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Anyone want to be in my Google Classroom class?

I've been given early access to Google's LMS Classroom, does anyone fancy being a student in a class to find out what it's like?
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Yes please.
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Interesting article or MS Surface advert?
I certainly have found that tablets are lacking in many ways for content creation, although they are perfect for many consumption tasks.
While Apple and Google are fighting a FUD war for the hearts and minds of K-12 campuses, there's one area of education that neither has been able to penetrate with success: higher ed. Specifically, I'm referring to the conglomerate of colleges and universities across the US (and likely abroad).
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Andrew Tattersall's profile photoMark J Morley's profile photo
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Interesting article and certainly as I've thought more recently about using tech better, horses for courses style - I have come to the conclusion that everything has a limitation. Chromebooks are OK when connected to the Web, desktops are OK unless you want to take them with you and iPads are OK if you want to mostly consume (OK you can do art and make music on them, but doubt any artists or musicians swapped their iMacs for iPads). I'd like to be able to get my hands on more tech to see how it works and how it could be applied. It'd be great if your team +Danny Monaghan +Mark J Morley could organise some kind of expo sharing various kit that's on the market or what colleagues are using and how - as it's easy to get a blinkered view of the options out there.
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Anyone using Trello?

I've just published this post about how we could use it in a newsroom within a publishing workflow.

I wonder if it can be used elsewhere?
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Yes, we used Trello as the main project management tool for the Discovery Dentistry MOOC. +Christopher Stokes and +Ashley Towers were the big Trello enthusiasts. 

We created a list for each week of the course and were able to represent each section within a week with a card. We colour-coded by type (article, video, quiz, discussion) and were able to comment on these, note when they were complete on the platform etc. We had a fairly small team, but I think once the board was set up, everyone could see its usefulness so everyone pitched in. 

Once the course was on the platform, we used a parallel QA board to make sure it was all checked. 

The board offered an excellent overview of the course to check the balance between weeks and to explain the course to people outside the team. 
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Myself and +Zafer Ali are attending the Turnitin user group conference in Newcastle on Monday 16th June.

 In addition we have been invited to a pre-meeting focus group together with the Turnitin executive team. 

Before we attend this, are there any burning questions about Turnitin and its functionality that you would like answers to? 

Feel free to comment below... We will do our best to get the main salient points heard in the focus group.

The only caveat is, Turnitin have specifically asked for no questions on  expected dates for upcoming features...
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Android tablet app?
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Paul Jinks

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TEL for assessment and feedback: an ALT webinar at 1 o'clock today. 

Join the collaborate session at: http://go.alt.ac.uk/octel2014-week4-webinar or watch the livestream on YouTube. 
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Paul Jinks

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Seeing calendar events with associated hangouts where that's not what the person setting it up wanted. Saw one calendar with hangouts for events where nobody else is involved. Maybe it could be clearer what that link does and what it's for. 
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Thanks Martin, it is indeed annoying. 

As an extreme example of the confusion this can cause, last week we had a webinar using Adobe Connect. The calendar invitations went round with a link to a hangout. You can imagine how we laughed. 
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stymied....was just setting up a hangout on air for a law school event  put G+ now says that feature has been disabled on our domain
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Simon Geller's profile photoIan D Loasby's profile photoDavid Read's profile photo
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didn't Google add domain level hangouts on air, so at least they were restricted to Sheffield? Or did I dream that? And if they did, can we have them back?
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Andrew Tattersall originally shared:
 
App Swap Breakfast #2
Fri, May 30, 4:00 AM
Hawley Room - CiCS

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Sorry can't make it as i'm on my Hols.
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Mark J Morley

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Talking with +Andrew Tattersall I'm interested in finding out if anyone has any experience with pico or micro projection units that can easily be connected via USB to laptops or possibly mobile devices for impromptu presentations. Any comments or feedback, good or bad, would be much appreciated. Cheers.
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Just to let everyone know - for those interested in the App Swap Breakfasts that I met with +Mark J Morley last week and we think we've found a nice location to host the next session, we just need to look into the technicalities first. Also, we think it would be good for the next one to happen in early mid September once the majority of holidays are out of the way. The theme will be sound and vision - if anyone has any suggestions of topics or apps they'd like to talk about or showcase drop me a message. Cheers
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No will do my best to address that +Ros Walker  regarding holidays - I think Claire covered AudioBoo at the last one, but it is an ace app. I presented alongside a chap from Audioboo at The British Library last year :-)
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Paul Jinks

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I have a MOLE test with 13 short answer questions needing to be marked. All works fine for first marker and external, but I'm not sure how to approach second marking.

Any suggestions?
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Dan D Smith's profile photoPaul Jinks's profile photo
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Thanks Dan. Students take the test in July, so still time to fix this up to play nice. 

I tried Download results and it looks good, (apart from html tags being sprinkled around the answers). Second marker could view the answers, maybe with the questions on the screen or a printout on the desk next to them and note their marks on the spreadsheet before uploading to grade centre. Sound doable? 
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Nav K Hundal

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Hi, I've been looking at the Turnitin and GradeMark guides that Ros has been updating and a question springs to mind about using Grademark QuickMark comments. Are we at UoS able to create our own set of QM comments which we can then share with other users? In previous institutions we have worked on developing some generic QM sets within departments. Are we able to easily share them if we do the same? +James L Goldingay or +Ros Walker  you might be able to answer this.
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App Swap Pub Crawl?
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First real video I've seen of Google's LMS, Classroom. Clearly, it's not going to replace Blackboard anytime soon, but I can see this working really well with informal groups. Seems to be a cross between Google+ communities and Google Drive. 
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Yeah, looks interesting, definitely worth checking out.
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Paul Jinks

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How do you change the date format on a Google form? Have tried (re-)setting location in Google. Stumped. 

Can you help?
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Ah, but then the formatting's out again on the form. I have an academic colleague asking about this so I went to the trouble of doing a quick how-to on fixing that:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1amHbYfD6l8WeDtXL3ULjXIhx2OE6E6Ej9OnC-4MsihA/edit?usp=sharing
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Mark J Morley

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The speaker on one recent BBC Radio 4 Four Thought programme was Dr Mark Graham. He presented some insights into the geographical information divides that exist across the planet.
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Interesting dashboard for Google Apps - a step towards a real Google VLE - although I don't like how it can be set to see student emails. http://hapara.com/products/tdd/
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Wonder if this will survive the arrival of Google Classroom in September.

Teachers can reset student passwords!? 
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New Blog Post: Is it Ever Safe to Fail? Read, digest, comment, discuss #safefail #lttcics
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Hi everyone, thought this new app from Adobe looked worthy of my first post in this Community! Haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks great. 

Free, iPad only (for now) app for creating short narrated animated videos in minutes. 
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+Hadrian Cawthorne - it appears to have borrowed a few ideas from http://thenounproject.com which is a great site for getting your hands on beautifully designed icons available with Creative Commons licenses, well worth a look too.
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Not entirely learning technology, but the process is facilitated by technology, and it involves students doing something amazing, so I hope you'll forgive my posting this here. to brighten up your Friday...

Today, 4 staff and student pairs in the School of English are going up against each other in a fundraising event called Gunge a Linguist.  As the name suggests, one unlucky pair will be gunged at 13.00 outside Jessop West.

It's all in a good cause, since it's raising money for Enactus Sheffield - an award-winning student-run social enterprise based in the University.  The money will be used to kick start a new project that will reduce deaths of new-born babies from hypothermia in Nepal.

Please visit www.allaboutlinguistics.com/gunge for more details and your chance to donate.  Donations = votes, so you can help decide which of your colleagues gets a colourful treat at lunchtime.  Just please, try and resist the temptation to vote for me.  Please!
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No worries - I didn't really mind who people voted for, it's just great that people helped support out cause.  Thanks for voting!
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