App-y as Larry!*

18 05 2012

I would just like to share with you a really great app for the iPad/iPhone which other projects might find useful for data collection (I can actually see this being a great tool to quickly collate likert scale type data).  During our CDATA Day we decided to split the audience into 3 groups and do a straw poll exercise to find out more about what our delegates would like Tribal to do for their projects.  Anyway, instead of doing a traditional tally chart (the type you see on prison walls!), we decided to aim for the “really cool” approach and use our iPads.  After some research we chose to use the “Votes” app (available to download from iTunes) – highly recommend!  You can name the 4 categories anything you like (the image below was specific to our straw poll).  It really makes data collecting much more engaging and interactive.

*By the way, the title here refers to Paal (our resident iPad Einstein) during the straw poll session: Paal + App = happy!


What a (CDATA) Day!

17 05 2012

Firstly, many thanks to everyone who came to our SITS Cluster Assembly on Tuesday, we hope you found it an enjoyable and informative day.  Looking at the feedback forms you all completed, it would seem that the event was a success as you gave us “thumbs up” comments 🙂 Also, we had an excellent turnout, with representation from Cranfield University, St George’s – University of London, University College Falmouth, University of Sunderland, University of East London, University of Bradford, London School of Economics, Arts University College at Bournemouth, University of Leicester, Aston University, JISC and Tribal.

So, what did we do?  Well, the first part of the day was dedicated to Tribal and what projects wanted them to do.  This then led to a demo and discussion session from Tribal all about Curriculum Planner.  Many thanks to the Tribal guys for coming, it was really appreciated – especially with your tight schedule.  By the time 12.30pm came we were all ready for lunch as we had taxed our brain cells quite a lot!  We were going to provide you all with a silver service lunch, however, as it was British Sandwich Week, we felt that this kind of luncheon was more apt 😉  After lunch we were very fortunate to have Alan Paull (from APS Ltd) talking all about XCRI-CAP in his ever so brilliantly titled session “Don’t make a meal out of creating a feed” – very witty!  This proved to be really useful, and again feedback forms supported this!  Many thanks Alan for an interesting, interactive and very helpful session.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Ruth Drysdale (JISC) for coming, it was great having you there on tap to answer questions!  Talking of which, if anyone has any questions from the day or further ideas or suggestions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Who knows, there might be a “CDATA Day – the Sequel”!

Project update

4 05 2012

Just before we close for the long (and most probably rainy!) bank holiday weekend I thought it would be good to give a little project update.  In order to sum up this week, I can feel a quote coming on!  At this point I would like to make a literary reference, perhaps to Jane Austin or William Shakespeare, but the brain has been significantly stretched somewhat this week combined with the fact that the weekend is nearly upon us – hence it falls to Del Boy!  Progress this week has been “triffic”.  We have started our Appreciative Inquiry (AI)  interviews with Heads of Schools and have already received lots of great suggestions.  Our AI workshop dates have now been released to staff, with many bookings made today.  Considerable progress has been made with our JISC interim progress report.  And, last but by no means least, we have lots of people from all over the UK coming to Brunel on 15th May to attend our CDATA Day – SITS Cluster Assembly.  We are really looking forward to it!