Saturday, 25 June 2011

Free university and online activism - #glasto11

Looks like I have myself a schedule, for the daytime at least.

12.00 Leftfield

Activism Online - discussion.

13.30 The Park, HMS Sweet Charity
free university

Ben Goldacre Bad Science.

Cabaret Tent

15.05 and 16.00 Mark Thomas, then Jeremy Hardy, Four Poofs and a Piano

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Glastonbury finds

Do a search on twitter for Glastonbury #glasto11 for more

This year's ingenu find are Enigma vintage fashions on the Avalon Field, find them :-) warm welcome fabulous clothes, wonderful people. A legend already...

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Location:Top St,,United Kingdom

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Walking, talking and thinking

If wisdom is the goal, then students must "walk 10,000 miles, read 10,000 books" said the 17th-century Chinese philosopher Gu Yanwu

stumbled across this quote on a piece in the times higher by Steven Schwartz

I love running, and one of the things I get out of running is time to think

I also love walking, and much of the pleasure I derive has some of the same source.  I enjoy being able to see the early morning sun, learn about my new surroundings, see the local flora and fauna, find a sense of space

And if

I also stumbled across some funded research which is researching walking in a thinking context working with PhD students

New Research Trajectories goes for a walk, gives you a sense of this activity

We used this sort of approach on an AwayDay the other year, and I am quite keen to organise an un-conference which uses walking as a device, I wonder if there would be much interest in the community?

Negotiating a web science curriculum

As a single track conference Web Science does things right :-) good too, that the organisers are videoing all the tracks from
A healthy array of folk have blogged about the conference, giving you the chance to compare views and experiences - a practice at the core of this ultimately interdisciplinary community.

Dave de Roure in Nature
Nature e science blog

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Web Science 2011

Delighted that our paper has been nominated for the best paper award at Web Science 2011
Negotiating a Web Science Curriculum through shared educational artefacts
White et al

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Getting Ready for ACM Web Science 2011 - the curriculum workshop

We are really excited about our paper at the ACM web science conference #websci11 this year, and what better prelude than a  Web Science Curriculum Workshop
Our paper is titled Negotiating the Web Science Curriculum through shared Educational Artefacts, you can download a copy either from the conference programme web site, or from the ECS soton ePrints repository
We are scheduled to present during the Web Science Tools and Technologies Session on Thursday morning
These are working notes, which I hope will be of interest to other attendees
Twitter hashcodes
  • main conference #websci11
  • curriculum workshop #websci11cw
  • Alt Metrics #altmetrics
structure - who, what
  • who is doing web science
  • what could we (people who teach web science) use from the community
At the workshop there are representative of three web science masters being taught
Aristotle University Thesaloniki, Greece,
  • taught masters - strong mathematics and economics perspective
  • Professional masters majority of the materials are online, synchronous online two or three evenigns per week, a number of weekend residentials,
five module perspectives, comes from an interdisciplinary background.
  • ITWS Web Science undergraduate degree programme 110 across three years
  • IT and Web Science (ITWS) - masters (35) and PhD - a new specialisation
  • One year taught Masters - for most this is a preliminary to a PhD studies
Other places which have activities  which may not be full programme include (please comment if you want to be added)
Amsterdam, Linz
other places which propose to start soon (please comment if you want to be added)
TU Eindhoven - Bachelors Degree
Related disciplines
Digital Humanitites ( point from Faith)
What we need from the community
Definitions of web science
Topical Relevance:
  • topics for web science
What do students want to learn from a web science curriculum?
professional relevance
Where do students go next?
How do we teach web science?
specific examples, methods, approaches, pedagogy
Report on your Web Science Activity
want to contribute to our survey of web science teaching? go to
37+ attendees
Actions which arose ( with my comments/notes  in <>brackets)
Action List
  1. list of course/programmes/curriculum (wiki) Jim H
  2. mailing list (announcements) - exists- use it (join)
  3. co-ordinating calls, monthly meetings Craig
  4. lecturer/expert list (talks, ideas etc) <this is one naturally for either Craig, or for WSCR profiles)
  5. project ideas hcd
  6. literature hcd
  7. exemplary examples hcd
  8. textbooks (online/discussion)
  9. resources site hcd, stefane
  10. match making service <after the event - enhancement >
  11. datasets steffen S
  12. commentary/discussion resources Su W
  13. index (and connections of ideas to above)
  14. review process (max)
  15. list of people/areas <WSCR profiles>

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Web History Repository - something for the web science Observatory?

Came across this Web Site for a 'Web History Repository' the other day, it seems its the sort of info which might make itself part of the Web Science Trust's vision of a global Web Science Observatory, and is also relevant to the paper I will be presenting at the web science conference next week.

Collating data on web usage (which is what this repository is about, rather than being a repository of the Web History) provides information which researchers can analyse and which students and learn to use.

On that basis I am just noting a link, it should properly be called a web browsing history, which is a rather different matter - another case of lost in translation, although the data which it will collect should be useful and the argument for collecting it is valid.

Companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook constantly improve their products, based on the data that they collect from their users. Open-source software developers and researchers normally have no access to this data, which puts them into a disadvantage.

We aim to create a public repository of web usage data for the profit of these communities - and eventually you will benefit from better browsers, add-ons and other tools.

Who started the Web History Repository Project?
We are two researchers from the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany. The L3S focuses on fundamental and application-oriented research in all areas of Web Science.

So why not mosey along to the 'Web History Repository and take a look? Eelco Herder and his PhD student Ricardo Kawase are the creators of this site. I guess we can look forward to some publications


Monday, 6 June 2011

Thinking about rich learning environments - almost revisited

I am working up our paper Rich Learning Environments revisited
and wanted to use this as a placemarker for a few diagrams and some thoughts.
My previous post on the cognitive digital apprenticeship is also relevant and tracking back through of my posts on PLEs can help understand how the ideas have been developing.
so this was one way in which I was trying to explain a rich learning environment

and this is another