E-QUAL Conference: A student’s perspective

In July I travelled to Hyderabad, India to take part in an undergraduate student-led conference, organised as part of the E-QUAL project, whose main aim was to deliberate and debate the relevance of various web based tools and platforms to support undergraduate student learning. Students were invited to present posters and presentations on Online Resources in Advancing Knowledge and Skills and their implementation. I presented a poster on ‘An introduction to accessible technology enhanced distance learning approaches to disability in higher education’.

Poster

‘ An introduction to accessible technology enhanced distance learning approaches to disability in higher education’ poster

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Lecture Capture at King’s: Quick Guides and Resources

King’s has recently significantly up-scaled its lecture capture provision. Indeed, to give a sense of the upscaling, during the first week of implementation the College recorded around 70% of the total recordings undertaken during the entire 2014/15 academic year.

Given the increase in the number of rooms equipped with the Echo360 lecture capture system it’s important to share an understanding of what lecture capture offers and the support for staff and students in understanding the capture options.
The provision of lecture capture recordings aims not to replace the lecture session, but be an additional tool that can add supplementary resources and activities to current teaching within the University. Continue reading

Using Filemaker Pro for rapid database app prototyping

Until recently I had only used MS Access and SQL as databases for projects that I have worked on. However, researching for an alternative solution to create an tablet based app brought me to the Filemaker website.

Filemaker’s suite of products offer a unique approach. Filemaker Pro allows you to develop a database system with tables, forms and reports that is very similar to MS Access. The similarity stops there.Filemaker Pro has a number of intuitive features and simple interface that allows you to quite easily create a database with very little training.

Then with Filemaker Server, you are able to deploy the database to a local server that could be made accessible from anywhere. In addition you no longer need the local file to edit and update. The server allows you to connect to your database and edit it remotely. This means I could work on my database from anywhere withing the King’s network. If I wanted to access it externally to King’s I could contact IT and register my web server.

So how do I access my database app on my tablet? Well as Filemaker is owned by Apple. All you need to do is download the Filemaker Go app to your iPad or iPhone for free from the App Store.  Enter the IP address of your Filemaker Server and voila!

The development of the app that I have been working on recently has only taken a few months. Filemaker has a number of very helpful  built-in intuitive features that automatically work without any programming or development.

I will write about the specifics of the app in my next blog post.

Paul Gillary (paul.gillary@kcl.ac.uk).
Learning Technologist
CTEL

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Experience of working full time and undertaking a part-time Msc

In 2014 I made the decision of undertaking a two year part-time MSc in Occupational Psychology as I also wanted to stay in full time work. My lectures would usually be between 6-9pm, two days a week. I opted for a classroom based programme rather than the distance learning programme because I personally did not feel that I had the self-discipline required to keep up with the online classroom community for the full-two years, however, the classroom based course did have elements of blended learning which I felt provided a perfect balance for my capabilities at the time. Continue reading