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Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys - Open Research Online
Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate and Freear, Nick (2019). Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys. In: Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) 2019 (In Press).

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## Abstract

Students have diverse circumstances, experiences, and goals. The challenges they face are often invisible to the educators and staff working to support them. In this paper we describe the design of a novel tool to support each student to represent their own study journey. This has been created with the participation of students and other stakeholders throughout the design process, and was inspired by previous research on the barriers faced by disabled students and the impacts of these on their experiences and attainment. The tool (Our Journey) can be used online or in a printed form. The basis of the design is the creation of cards that describe particular events that were important to the student. Students choose an event type and an emotional state, and provide short descriptions. Through this they build a structured narrative that has several potential uses. Our Journey provides an accessible and engaging means for dialogue and reflection on the nature of study journeys which could be beneficial for students. Journey data collected at scale could provide insights into areas such as student mental health and wellbeing, challenges commonly faced in study, and a holistic view of the lives of students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: IATED
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project Name Project ID Funding Body
Tackling inequities in disabled student journeys Not Set HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund
Extra Information: Originally presented at the 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, Spain, 11-13 Mar 2019.
Keywords: student journey; accessibility; disability; participatory design; feedback; learning analytics; mental health
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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27 days ago by ndf
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CloudEngine is an easy way to create a social web site for discussing & aggregating ideas & resources. It is ideal for running events & fostering discussion.... GPL-2.0 Nick Freear 15%
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Our Journey: A student journey representation tool

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7 weeks ago by ndf
Crowdsourcing the identification of organisms: A case-study of iSpot

We are indebted to the team who assisted RG in developing the iSpot software: Richard Lovelock, Nick Freear, Kevin McLeod, Greg Roach, Phil Downs and Will Woods. We are grateful to the tens of thousands of members of the public who have contributed observations and determinations to iSpot. We thank Muki Haklay, Michael Pocock, John Tweddle, Eileen Scanlon, Mike Sharples and Will Woods for comments on the manuscript. We acknowledge funding from the Big Lottery Fund for England (through OPAL), British Ecological Society, Garfield Weston Foundation, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Wolfson Foundation (through the OpenScience Laboratory), British Council and The Open University.
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7 weeks ago by ndf
Install MongoDB Community Edition on macOS — MongoDB Manual
Download the MongoDB .tar.gz tarball.
Download the tarball for your system from the MongoDB Download Center.

Extract the files from the downloaded archive.
tar -zxvf mongodb-osx-ssl-x86_64-4.0.5.tgz
Ensure the binaries are in a directory listed in your PATH environment variable.
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8 weeks ago by ndf
Installing MongoDB on a Mac
What’s MongoDB?
MongoDB is a document database which belongs to a family of databases called NoSQL - not only SQL. In MongoDB, records are documents which behave a lot like JSON objects in JavaScript. Values in documents can be looked up by their field’s key. Documents can have some fields/keys and not others, which makes Mongo extremely flexible.

This is different than SQL databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL, where fields correspond to columns in a table and individual records correspond to rows.

You should have some familiarity with the Mac Terminal application since you’ll need to use it to install and run MongoDB.
Dependencies. This guide goes over the two main ways to install MongoDB on a Mac. One of the methods requires Homebrew.
Homebrew. Homebrew is a package manager for the Mac – it makes installing most open source software (like MongoDB) as simple as writing brew install mongodb. Follow the instructions in the How to Install Homebrew on a Mac instruction guide.
Installation Overview
There are two primary ways to install MongoDB on a Mac. The best way to install MongoDB is with Homebrew. The other way to install MongoDB is by downloading it from the the MongoDB website.
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8 weeks ago by ndf
Index of /mazi-img
Index of /mazi-img

[ICO] Name Last modified Size Description 2018-12-21 23:34 2.3G
... 2018-10-01 17:40 1.5G 2018-11-03 02:27 1.5G 2018-11-05 19:24 1.5G 2017-10-31 18:53 1.3G 2018-12-21 23:34 2.3G 2018-12-01 22:35 2.3G  
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8 weeks ago by ndf
Welcome to mazi-guides!
Docs » Welcome to mazi-guides! View page source

Welcome to mazi-guides!

This tutorial aims at helping advanced MAZI toolkit owners to understand and make by themselves various software/network configurations in order to deploy a MAZI Zone.

A novice MAZI toolkit owner can simply Download a ready-made MAZI image and deploy a MAZI Zone.

* What you will need
* Download a ready-made MAZI image
* Writing an image to the microSD card
* Initial setup
* MAZI backend
* Setting up a Wi-Fi Access Point
Configuring Internet Forwarding
Configuring the Captive Portal
MAZI Portal
MAZI Data Collection Service
* Statistics

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8 weeks ago by ndf
Create a custom Raspbian OS image for production. – Platformer – Medium
Nilesh JayanandanaFollow
Jul 6, 2018

Recently, me and my fellow team mate Tharindu Muhandiram ran into a bit of an issue with regard to building a custom image for our Platformer IoT Gateway. The issue we had was: we had a working pi with Raspbian OS installed in a memory card and we have added some additional libraries and scripts to it to get our IoT solution working. All the tests were passing and everything was ok. Here goes our issue.

In order for us rollout our IoT solution seamlessly, we had to repeat the above process manually for each device. ie, flash the base Raspbian OS and boot it up, manually add libraries and scripts we need. This is going to be a cumbersome task and we hate manual repeating tasks. To avoid this we decided to build a custom image from an already working device and flash that image to the other devices.

We went through so many tutorials, videos etc to achieve this, but none of them matched our use case. However, we managed to achieve our goal and I thought I’d put it up in a blog post so that it might help someone else save heaps of time.

Pre Requisites
You need to have a linux environment with gparted installed. If you are on a Mac or Windows, You will have to quickly download virtualbox and run an ubuntu instance.
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8 weeks ago by ndf
[MOBILE-2834] "You authentication token is invalid or has expired ..." + access to previous APKs - Moodle Tracker

Juan Leyva added a comment - Yesterday
Hi Nick,

the "Your authentication token is invalid or has expired.." message is quite normal, it may happen when the user needs to re-enter his credentials (for security reasons, via Moodle security settings you can set an expiration time for access tokens via the app).

Apart from that, messages like "Access exceptions" are due to problems in the server side, maybe the site administrators updated incorrectly the Moodle site?

Finally, old versions can be downloading using this link: and changing the version number (350 for 3.5.0 or 351 for 3.5.1)

If you have any further question, please use the support forum: Moodle for mobile 
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8 weeks ago by ndf
A summary of the GDPR and data privacy related actions taken by the Learning and Teaching Technologies (LTT) team in LTI-Academic / IET at The Open University.
Nick Freear / 30-Nov-2018.

A summary of the GDPR and data privacy related actions taken by the Learning and Teaching Technologies (LTT) team in LTI-Academic / IET at The Open University.

Search :~ [GitHub Search: org:IET-OU and query is GDPR(
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Privacy notices / policies
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8 weeks ago by ndf
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8 weeks ago by ndf
Travis CI Android example – Matti – Medium
Nov 22, 2016
This example will show you how to setup Travis continuous integration on your Android project. The example will work even if you’ve implemented Constraint Layout in your project.

What this’ll cover:

Setting up continuous integration on GitHub
Setting up Travis builds
Setting up automatic deployment to GitHub Releases
Note: Copying code from Medium doesn’t work really well, check out the code from here.

Travis will provide an image such as this to be put on your repository
Setting up continuous integration on GitHub
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9 weeks ago by ndf
Guest post: Jisc / OU Student Workload Tool | Effective Learning Analytics
By Niall Sclater February 9, 2016
This guest post from Jitse van Ameijde of the Open University describes a micro-project which Jisc recently funded to develop a student workload tool.

Student workload is an ever present concern in all higher education institutions for those designing, developing or delivering curriculum.

Student workload contributes to students’ decisions around withdrawing from study and is among the most important course-related factors influencing student drop-out (Bowyer, 2012). At the Open University (OU), Abbott (2003) reported that falling behind with course work was the most commonly cited reason for withdrawal with 41% of respondents indicating this as a reason. More recently, in the 2012/13 OU withdrawal survey 26% of students responding to the survey indicated the amount of study time required as a reason for withdrawal.

Initial investigations into student workload conducted at the Open University show that there is a negative correlation between student workload and completion and pass rates. Additionally, it has demonstrated that there is a correlation between the degree of spread in workload and student outcomes, where a more unevenly distributed workload (lots of peaks and troughs) is associated with more negative student workload.

The Jisc / OU Student Workload Tool aims to contribute to a curriculum which is evenly loaded and well-paced, meeting the needs of students studying alongside a busy work and home life. The workload tool allows users to record, visualise and evaluate student workload on courses.
11 weeks ago by ndf
Teaching with drones: coming to a classroom near you? | Times Higher Education (THE)
Robots and drones should be part of teaching and learning, says report looking into teaching trends in 2019

January 3, 2019
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By Anna McKie
Twitter: @annamckie

Lecturers should use drones and robots to enhance their teaching as technological advances begin to roll out of the laboratory and into the classroom, according to a report.

“Drone-based learning” and “learning with robots” are identified as two of the main trends in Innovating Pedagogy 2019, the annual report from the Open University outlining what will influence teaching in coming years.

Robot-proof? Universities ‘finally waking up’ to the rise of AI

Identifying robots and drones is “not about the fact that they are exciting new technologies but about the possibilities they open up and how they can benefit teachers and learners”, according to Rebecca Ferguson, an editor of the report and a senior lecturer at the OU.
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11 weeks ago by ndf
Dr Nick Freear | Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Dr Nick Freear

Educational Technology Developer
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
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12 weeks ago by ndf
symfony1 - Dynamic page titles in Symfony 1.4 - Stack Overflow
I personally like using the yml files, it separates 'configuration' from code

To deal with dynamic titles I do the follow:

in apps/frontend/config/app.yml

title_separator: ' - '
title_default: 'TITLE'
in apps/frontend/config/view.yml


If you need to have data from your actions put into the title, create file lib/myActions.class.php with the following content:

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november 2018 by ndf
Broadcasting and the Open University - Scupham - 1970 - British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley Online Library
Scupham, J. (1970), Broadcasting and the Open University. British Journal of Educational Technology, 1: 44-51. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.1970.tb00516.x
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november 2018 by ndf
The Open University : report of the Planning Committee to the Secretary of State for Education and Science / - The Open University
Great Britain. Open University Planning Committee. (1969). The Open University : Report of the Planning Committee to the Secretary of State for Education and Science /. London :: HMSO.
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november 2018 by ndf
Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Charter - Equality Challenge Unit
Athena SWAN Charter
Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
professional and support staff
trans staff and students
In relation to their:

progression of students into academia
journey through career milestones
working environment for all staff
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november 2018 by ndf

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