November 2012

We're hiring! We're looking for a couple of E-Learning developers to join our team, working on a range of projects including the award winning Kit-Catalogue system. Find out more at and  The salary range is £27K-£36K, and the closing date is 10th December.

Got a policy on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?  Here's ours...  I'd love to hear back from people who are trying to embrace and support BYOD in their organizations.  Does what we are proposing work for you?  Have we left out anything you consider essential?  Take a look, and leave a comment below.

Many thanks to my colleague Phil Richards for all his hard work in putting our BYOD policy together with the support and encouragement of the University's IT Committee.  As the language of the document is fairly formal, I thought people might appreciate the Dilbert video above.  This shows what can happen to the unwary employee attempting to BYOD in a less enlightened workplace!

The number one question from today's prospective students - if I come to your institution to study, how likely is that to lead to a decent job afterwards?  And anyway, what courses are likely to be the most lucrative for me, and which ones should I avoid like the plague?  Thanks to an initiative called the Key Information Set (KIS), all the data you need to answer these and similar questions for yourself is now openly available.  Let's take a look...
Here's a rather fuzzy video of my session on Google Apps from the JISC Innovating E-Learning Conference 2012.  In this talk I outline the aspects of Google Apps that Learning Technologists and those involved in pedagogical application of Google's tools may not be aware of, such as the Google Apps Marketplace for Education and Google's RESTful APIs for building on top of the products - and why this will all become hugely relevant with the proposed curriculum changes to encourage our children to learn to program.

You can also view the slides themselves via Slideshare, or embedded below:

Or, since these are just a collection of web pages, why not open those links in your favourite browser?  I have collected them together in a handy companion document, embedded below.  Click through to edit or comment on this, should you wish to add your own voice.

And finally...  I will try never to say "whole bunch of stuff" again in a public talk!  Nearly used up my lifetime allocation in that one session :-)

Here's a quick teaser video for my talk at the JISC Innovating E-Learning Conference, on November 19th 2012.  Sign up now, so you don't miss out!