Monday, 28 September 2009

Reflections to date

I too enjoyed the Warwick workshop and found it useful.

I would like to see some more of the technical issues with the HUMBOX resolved -e.g. the tab for uploading a zipped Learning Object ( so that it can be previewed) is still not functioning for us; on the HUMBOX front screen the left column with latest additions list is no longer visible without considerable scrolling down the page.

On the positive side, some English Lit PhD students here at Southampton, who are just embarking on part time teaching for the department are keen to be get involved and use HUMBOX, confirming our thoughts that new teachers especially could benefit from it.

And...the wider world is catching on : an EAP colleague ( not involved in the project) has heard about a resource in HUMBOX and has expressed an interest in using the Box when available.


Friday, 25 September 2009

Dissemination Events

Hi All.

I'm not sure whether I should post this on basecamp or here but I thought I'd make a debut post here to get the ball rolling.

I've been busy aranging some Humbox dissemination events and so far I've secured a slot to speak at this event on 7th Oct and to our librarians on 23rd October.

Once the url goes live I'm planning to hold an event with my research group


Friday, 18 September 2009

Reflections on progress to date

The project is moving on apace and we have just had the second meeting of our partners hosted by the Subject Centre for History at the University of Warwick. Personally I have been completely wowed by the enthusiasm and commitment to the project shown by all the partners who attended. I left the meeting exhausted but exhilarated my brain buzzing with ideas and feeling very proud of what we have achieved so far. I know that there is still a long way to go and a lot of work to do before we get to the end of our journey together but if this meeting was a taste of things to come we are really going make vast strides in OER community building.

What I have taken away from the meeting is a personal sense of delight in how everyone is playing their part with energy and considerable skill. In terms of progress with the project I can only repeat that we have made great strides in no time at all and I really feel that the team is taking real ownership of HumBox as a project group and as a community. As for the next stage our key challenges will be to keep going (especially with the beginning of term looming) and to work hard at spreading the word and communicating our enthusisasm to our colleagues and the powers that be!

Please post your thoughts on your personal response to the workshop, your views on progress so far and the key challenges for you over the coming months.