Year: 2018

Sometimes when I am sitting in meetings or speaking to colleagues regarding software deployments, coding changes, databases, conversational design tech even blogs  I might say the words “I haven’t got a clue what that is or how it works” (queue your best Luke Skywalker The Empire Strikes back scream of ‘No!’) and sometimes they laugh […]

Title: “Oh! the Humanities: An introduction to the digital humanities with Jupyter notebooks”  Summary The University of Edinburgh (UoE) is looking to host a Jupyter Community Workshop focused on the uses of notebooks for teaching within the field of digital humanities. The core component of this event will be a 2-day workshop to create notebooks with pre-configured text mining dashboards that will allow non-expert users to …

Title: nbgrader Hackathon/Sprint Summary The University of Edinburgh (UoE) is looking to host a Jupyter community event based on the use of Jupyter notebooks within teaching. The core of this will be a gathering of key core contributors and local stakeholders and contributors for a nbgrader focused code sprint. Local Jupyter contributors within UoE have already spent time working on fixes and improvements for nbgrader which they …

  We have  been asked to create a way to connect existing courses in Learn to Moodle. The tricky bit was to allow automatic course creation in Moodle as there are hundreds of those to create every year. Creating courses has been done in Learn and it was troublesome to repeat that work in Moodle. […]

In DLAM we have just finished working on a blogging platform ( that allows staff and postgraduate students to create their own WordPress blogs through the use of online forms. As part of the project, we developed a WordPress plugin that allows staff to link VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) courses to blogs on the platform. […]

I recently attended a JISC event @ Bolton College which discussed the usage of chatbots at the institution (thank to Jisc and Bolton for the hospitality). Bolton are doing  alot with chatbots and are using IBM Watson Conversation (which is now rebranded as Watson Assistant)  and starting to expand from text to voice platforms (e.g. […]

I attended the DIBI (Design It; Build It) 2018 conference for designers and developers on Monday 12th November. It was in Edinburgh which was great for me and the venue was the Hub located just below the castle, which I had never actually been inside. …

  Before starting to work for ISG as Academic Blogging Intern, I considered myself to be an avid blogger. No tales from my travels, indulgent recipes nor questionable puns had been left untouched by the webs of my various blogs. I felt confident that I had used hashtags well before we all became #blessed by […]

I wrote a short piece recently about audio tracks and transcription in relation to a sign I saw for a coop called Typeology, and some work we are about to do on subtitling. A lot of the investigation that has been done so far in … Continue readi…

We launched our new University Academic Blogging service a month ago, with a significant new piece – our Blogs.ed WordPress platform – and it’s been a sheer delight to watch Blogs.ed grow. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that as well as being closely…


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