by UKOLN Events
Understanding whether new or emerging ideas will be thwarted or become embedded when subjected to the "acid test" of the real world that is the educational system - and also the perpetual change of technology use - relies on an understanding of the patterns of cause and effect in that system.
This session, which will be facilitated by members of the JISC Observatory team at UKOLN and CETIS, will use a mixture of group exercises and discussions to understand potential enablers and disenablers of emerging new technologies. Having developed a better appreciation of how new technologies may or may not be adopted can help to develop appropriate strategies for preparing institutions - and members of the institution - for exploiting innovative developments in an appropriate and effective manner.
The session will explore how such approaches can be used for developing strategies for innovations which have become mainstream in recent years - such as mobile access and the social web - as well as provide an opportunity for participants to identify other developments which may be as yet under the radar'.
By the end of this session you should:
by Neil Allison
Neil Allison has been working to raise the profile of user centred design principles and techniques over the past 6 years at the University of Edinburgh.
Neil will go through the things he has tried - what's worked and what's not been so successful - with who and on what.
Neil's work has involved techies and non-techies, software development, websites, email comms and business processes.
At the end of this session participants should:
In this session Matt Jukes will talk about open & transparent approaches to web site development and the lessons we can learn from others, including approaches being taken by those developing web sites for the UK Government.
NOTE: This speaker was cancelled due to unavailability of the workshop facilitator.
"The truth is out there... but where?"
The 2011 Online Learning Task Force report identified that online, distance, CPD and postgrad learning opportunities are difficult to find.
The JISC #coursedata programme is supporting 63 institutions to review and refine their course information handling processes. As an outward manifestation of this increased agility the projects will produce an xcri-cap feed for these course types.
The #coursedata-tech part of the programme has commissioned a validator and aggregator and will be creating some demonstration applications that use the data.
This session will briefly cover the programme, the tools and their possible uses.
by Ben Showers
As part of institutional plans for "Embedding Innovation" we might reasonably expect institutions to be making preparations for providing mobile-friendly access to institutional services. But to what extend is this the case?
In this open session we will invite participants to share their plans and experiences - and also concerns.
This session is billed as an 'open session' which means that we expect there to be minimal facilitation, although if anyone would be willing to prepare a talk, or perhaps group activities, in advance please contact Brian Kelly, the IWMW 2012 chair.
by Laura Murphy
There's no escaping it, mobile web will be bigger than desktop by 2015. If
mobile isn't on your 2012 web strategy, it needs to be and soon. This vendor
independent presentation will provide practical advice on how to prepare for your
organisations shift to mobile and, importantly, how to build a mobile presence
without 'breaking the bank'. It will cover approaches that organisations can
adopt to enable personalised web experiences for mobile devices. The presentation
will outline the delivery methods available to make this step: adding mobile to
web presence; add a mobile app or develop a mobile site.
This session which will provide orientation for those who have not attended the event previously or are new to the sector or the community.
In the session Mike Nolan, Head of the Web Services team at Edge Hill University, will give thoughts from the perspective of a Web manager who has had both technical and managerial responsibilities. Brian Kelly, UKOLN will describe various aspects of the Web management Community of Practice and Amber Thomas, JISC will summarise the ways in which JISC can support the needs of those working in institutional Web management teams.
If, like the magpie, you are attracted to bright, shiny things then there is a good chance that the idea of making an app keeps appearing on your work wish list. This session is for anyone interested in what is involved in taking an app project from idea to app store.
The session will use the case study of 'Oxford University - The Official Guide app'. It is an iPhone app but many topics covered will be relevent to iPad, Android and web apps. It will cover every aspect of the project except the coding, but it will explain how we chose an external developer.
This session should be of interest to anyone interested in the process of creating an app.
The JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme is funding 12 projects over 2 years to promote the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies for all staff and students in UK further and higher education with projects working across the following stakeholder groupings in their plans for developing digital literacies: students, academic staff, research staff, librarians and learning resources and support staff, administrators and managers and institutional support staff ...
As part of its role within the support team for the programme, JISC CETIS is monitoring the development and use of technologies by the projects. This is recorded in the PROD database (http://prod.cetis.ac.uk/). This workshop session will summarize the range of technologies in use, discuss the balance between institutionally and non-institutionally provided tools and services - e.g. use of Dropbox versus MS Sharepoint for sharing project documentation; highlight some of the emerging issues for the institutional technology provision and strategy around supporting digital literacy what it means to be a digitally literate institution.
The session will focus on the digital literacies needed by staff and researchers to fulfil their professional activities. The session will provide an opportunity for participants to identify the digital literacies they will need in their roles in providing institutional web services and explore ways in which relevant skills and expertise can be gained.
By the end of this session you should:
This session will equip participants with the tools and patterns which are proven to be effective in developing a responsive site. It will also be an opportunity for participants to have their questions answered about their own websites.
At the end of this session, participants will have practical techniques for implementing a responsive site, greater understanding of patterns that work and anti-patterns to avoid; and made an attempt to create prototypes for their own responsive sites.
Andreas Weigend, Head of the Social Data Lab at Stanford and the former Chief Scientist at Amazon, recently said that "Data is the new oil". Google, Facebook and friends certainly seem to be trying to get their hands on as much of your data as they can. However for data to be as significant as oil you need the capacity to turn that raw data into something useful.
The explosion in digital data created and increasing requirements to be open with the data we have often leaves us in a quandary about what we should be doing.
This workshop session takes a look at big and small data, and more importantly, big and small 'web' data, and helps you as web people to be pro-active when dealing with it. Key concepts of data management will be introduced and we will look at some of the challenges in this area. The break out groups will help you identify what data you are working with, or could be working with. The demo session will suggest tools that could make your life a lot easier.
Come along to the workshop to help your institution 'deal with the data deluge' and 'turn data to your advantage'.
This session has the following draft structure:
Presentation: What is data anyway? Looking at current data trends and what it has to do with Web managers.
Break out groups: What data do you deal with? Anything goes from personnel data to Key Information Sets and Web statistics.
Demo: Tools that help with data (mining, citation, visualisation, analytics)
Presentation: Case study - data use in an HE institution.
Discussion and 'buzzword bingo'.
At the University of Edinburgh, we've developed a single enterprise level CMS which is now used across 80 units with 600 users. This has allowed us to deliver consistency across the graphic design and navigation behaviours, whilst allowing significantly more non-technical users to directly manage and publish web content.
However, there are some areas of CMS functionality which are felt by some users to be overly restrictive.
We are currently reviewing what areas of the functionality that could offer a greater degree of flexibility without losing all the benefits and single consistent approach has provided - this will feed into the decisions for any future CMS development.
We will go through the details of what we've done and highlight what worked well and the specific areas where we feel there's scope for greater flexibility.
Do you have a mobile device with you? Are you using it to its full potential? Do you have advice and suggestions which you'd be willing to share bwith others?
This BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) session aims to provide an opportunity for device holders to discuss the features of their devices and ways they can be used to support their profession (and even social) activities.
Note that this session is self-managed.
by Phil Barker
Schema.org is a major new initiative supported by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Bing and Yandex with the aim of "making it easier for people to find the right web pages". It is a simplified profile of microdata, a means of embedding metadata in web pages that is aligned with HTML5. It differs significantly from previous attempts at providing resource descriptions for web pages to aid discovery, such as various metadata schema, microformats and RDFa in that it has support from the major search engines plus W3C, making it both standards-based and with vendor support.
This workshop will investigate relevance of schema.org to UK Further and Higher Education Institutions. For example what might it offer for the description of organisations, events, courses and resources. There will be an emphasis on what practically can be achieved now, what might be achieved in the near future, what is necessary to get there, and what are the pitfalls and misconceptions to avoid.
by Dawn Ellis
Official welcome to the IWMW 2012 event.
by Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly officially opens the IWMW 2012 event.
by Kevin Ashley
In the opening talk at the IWMW 2012 event Kevin Ashley, the Director of the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) will describe the role data has in supporting innovation and provide examples of how institutions are using data to support teaching and learning and research activities.
To be held in the South Hall Complex.
With the launch of the Scottish Digital Participation Group open data development has fresh motivation in Scotland. A number of Scottish Councils are working with open data already, and the current NESTA Make It Local Scotland project initiative is a lead innovator in supporting groweth. The City of Edinburgh Council is working closely with a number of partners to develop its approach, with a key aim to deliver real value. The talk will include:
In 2011 it was estimated that 1.8 zettabytes of data was created, enough to
fill 57 billion 32Gig iPads, and estimates that data production would double every
two years (see the Digital Universe study at http://www.emc.com/digital_universe). The availability of data opens new opportunities to provide information, intelligence and insight into every aspect of institutional life.
In this talk Tony Hirst and Martin Hawksey will a taster of some of the tools
and techniques used to explore and communicate some of this data. The talk will
also touch upon the ethics and benefits when using these techniques.
The Key Information Set (KIS) is a mandatory UK-wide collection of data that will assist potential students in their decision-making when applying for an undergraduate course. In this talk, Andrew will outline what information is covered, where it comes from, how it gets updated, how it will be integrated into institutions' websites, how potential students will access the information and how the complete set of data will be available to the general public under an open licence.
by EA Draffan
The University of Southampton embarked on an ambitious plan to investigate
the accessibility of not only their websites but also their in-house behind
the scenes intranets and other web based products. The Web4All project
aimed to encourage web site teams, developers, designers, content managers,
academics, and all those in communications, to work with available
accessibility and usability standards and guidelines such as W3C WCAG 2.0
and BS 8878. However it was found that just attempting to follow check
lists and procedures did not necessarily guarantee the main aim of making
web products "accessible, consistent, efficient and enjoyable to use."
Evaluations showed that recommendations contained 'within' the guidelines
and standards had to be better understood with the provision of initial
training, iterative web product testing, user participation and amendments
to both content and templates provided for the web products.
This talk will discuss the progress of the Web4All project, issues that
have arisen and some of the solutions developed over the past 2 years.
Much of the innovation in ICT over recent decades has come out of universities. However, while universities understand the technology, and are leaders in knowledge development, they often seem to be curiously bad at using technology for education or even for PR. Why is this so, and what can be done about it?
by Rob Borley
2011 saw the 15 billionth download from the apple app store and there are now over 500,000 different apps available to consumers. Apple's assertion that "There is an app for that" does indeed appear to be correct.
2012 has been labeled the year of the app but as you consider your mobile strategy it is legitimate to ask: "Do I need an app for that?". This talk will explore the context in which an app is the right solution and also highlight the situations in which other mobile web solutions are the right approach for your organisation and your users.
18th–20th June 2012