The new normal, hybrid, fusion, flexible or whatever you want to call the change in working conditions we are starting a new phase where employees have worked at home for 15 months and employers have worked at home for 15 months too. Nothing has broke and we still are productive however are we all happy? […]Read More Home Working is where the stand up desk doesn’t fit?
A few years ago the sounds of piloting new software was pretty exciting and still is however one thing has changed in my job is ensuring we are compliant with numerous layers of regulations, standards and policies. The list is long and can be complicated depending on the service your looking to pilot however it […]Read More Comply to Compliance
Something I am sure all LTs and IS peeps will have noticed this year is that due to the pandemic adoption of centrally supported IS tools have grown. In some cases, tool growth has been larger than ever expected (causing a slight cost headache) and some tools less so but we have seen staff and […]Read More Is teaching lost in centrally supported technology
It’s been a hard year and to be honest and personal it’s been a mixed year of anxiety and pride. I think my early pandemic optimism (or naivety) has been eroded over time via 5pm briefings, attention grabbing headline, confusion, politicisation of everything and anything. On sunday 8th March 2020 I sat in a packed […]Read More Plate Spinning: a reflection on the past 13 months
Myself and Karen Howie have been working on a paper regarding online proctoring and whether the technical solutions currently in the market are fit for purpose. When I say fit I mean do they meet the huge amount of variation in exam practise used at the institution, can they cater for varying numbers of students, […]Read More Online Proctoring: what came first, the chicken or the egg?
Recently I find myself wondering with colleagues about when we will be back to the office. Reminiscing on the smell of shared toilets that have balsa wood walls and a unique fragrance that reminds me of a music festivals loo. Or when we will be able to visit hipster coffee shops and try not to […]Read More We are the campus
Day (I have lost count) in the big brother house and I am starting to struggle. It’s been a slightly odd 33 days! I started working from home on the 16th March and my daily routine is in the bin. Before I would be getting home at 1700 and running after children, getting ready to […]Read More This is getting harder
These are unique days in which we are trying to evolve and adapt to a situation that is unpredictable and unrelenting to everyone. The current pandemic is generating stresses in both professessional and domestic lives with the only certainty being that in the short term are lives will be flipped and we all be affected […]Read More The Pandemic Pivot
Usually when I blog I try to think of a funky title to depict me brian dump however today I am feeling less imaginative so the title reflects the blog. It’s about the OnTask pilot 2020 @ the University of Edinburgh. If you want to hear someone rant about big data and prediction please flick […]Read More OnTask: Learning Analytics to help you stay on target\ontask
Prediction is a word that I am starting to see and hear a lot more recently. It not new, my fitness tracker predicts my steps each day and my expected sleep patterns, my smart lights predict when I will be home and my smart thermostat also likes to know when I am home ensuring I […]Read More I Predict a Riot