The Web 2.0 Forum run by JISC is always good value for ideas and initiatives. Last week’s event wasno different. Hosted by the Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh it had been reschedule from late last year when the snowy weather and inclement conditions postponed it.
Fortified by a cup of coffee and a QMU megascone the well attended event heard first from Simon Marsden, Director of Management Information Services at Edinburgh University who discussed their recent student mobile survey aimed at capturing the requirements for a mobile campus. i was pleased to note that students would like to view their library records on mobiles but there were some other fascinating results in the survey too.
The Regional Support Centre’s e-learning advisor for access and inclusion discussed a new eduapp aimed at making information more accessible. ‘Create and Convert’. This had so many practical applications as a tool to support users in complying with the single equalities legislation that CILIPS has invited Craig to discuss the app at our Conference in Glasgow on 7th June and introduce our audience to ‘Heather’ and ‘TOBI’.. Some of his presentation had a resonance with a SLIC funded project carried out by Cumbernauld College some years ago (SLICPOD)
Next we learned about another app from Emma Faragher of the National Library of Scotland. This time it was the John Murray archive – an app which can be downloaded free by anyone whether attending the exhibition or just curious to learn more.
Our own SLIC IDF fund is currently supporting Napier University to deliver a project looking at mobile technology in education. Led by Laurence Patterson that project is due to report in November.
After a marvellous lunch and a general discussion it was time to move on to learn more about Creative Vado, a low cost low tech solution to making your own videos, from Carol Walker of the JISC.
During the end of the day discussion we also learned that EDINA has recently issued some social media guidelines which complement the earlier publication released by SLIC/CILIPS on using Web 2 in libraries.
The RSC team are to be congratulated on organising another extremely practical and worthwhile event – well done Sara B et al!