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 (blogs.ed.ac.uk) 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…

When I am usually asked ‘what do you do?’ by friends or relatives I consider my reply however most of the time I state that I work with digital learning technologies within a university. This is usually met with the statement ‘do you turn things off and on again?’ to which I quickly retort ‘I […]

There are about 8 blog posts queued up and needing written before things start to fade from my memory. I’ve even made a list in case I forget them. However, I can’t quite stop myself from just quickly bashing this one out if only to … Continue r…

All the best ideas start with a good lunch, and so it is with this one. Some time ago, my colleagues Jacky MacBeath, Rachel Hosker, Melissa Highton and I were mulling over lunch in the Art College cafe as to what we might do to … Continue readin…


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