Monday, 29 October 2012

12.30 Tue 13th November 2012 Games, Immersive Technologies and their impact on Business and Society, David Wortley - TDC Lunchtime

Games, Immersive Technologies and their impact on Business and Society

David Wortley
12.30 Tue 13th November 2012 in the TDC

David Wortley discusses the impact of creative technologies on society and considers whether we have entered an unprecedented and highly disruptive period in mankind's history.

David Wortley is the author of "Gadgets to God - Reflections on our changing relationship with Technology". As Founding Director of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University, he has gained an international insight into the growing impact of immersive technologies on all our lives.

DMU Wikipedia Group ?

Quite a few people can't make the Wikipedia training sessions because they are teaching or otherwise committed, but they are keen to learn. It would therefore seem to be a good idea to set up an ongoing DMU Wikipedia Group so that those who can attend are able to cascade their skills across the campus through an informal system of  mutual support and mentoring. The TDC would be delighted to host such a group but it would need a coordinator to run it. If you're interested in doing that please contact Sue Thomas to discuss practicalities.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Hands-on Wikipedia Editing Workshops open to all staff and postgraduate students

Photo: Sam Bamkin
A few weeks ago Roger Bamkin gave a very informative and entertaining TDC talk on his Monmouthpedia project. His slides are here.

There was a great deal of interest in learning the arcane art of editing Wikipedia so Roger has kindly agreed to run two hands-on workshops for us. The sessions will be held in the TDC and are open to all staff and postgraduate students across the university. Refreshments will be provided.

To help with planning, please indicate your intention to attend here.

Tuesday 6th November 2pm - 4pm INTRODUCTORY SESSION 
The basic skills of editing Wikipedia

Tuesday 20th November 2pm - 4pm FOLLOW-UP SESSION
Come back after two weeks of practice to report on your progress and troubleshoot any difficulties.

What to bring
Your own laptop, tablet or other device to work on. This is essential for participation!
- Roger suggests that, if you wish, you might like to bring with you the url of an existing Wikipedia article that you would like to improve.

Friday, 26 October 2012

12.30 Tue 4th December - Social Media Surgery - TDC Lunchtime
Social Media Surgery
Sue Thomas, IOCT/ADH
12.30 Tue 4th December 2012 in the TDC

An informal chance to get together and share what we know about using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Foursquare, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, and anything else you (a) know about or (b) want to know about. Bring your laptop, phone or tablet for some hands-on sharing and we'll keep our fingers crossed there'll be enough wifi to go round.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

12.30 Tue 6th November 2012 Alan Turing: Intuition and Ingenuity, Sean Clark - TDC Lunchtime

Alan Turing: Intuition and Ingenuity
Sean Clark, IOCT
12.30 Tue 6th November 2012 in the TDC

Sean Clark will introduce the Intuition and Ingenuity exhibition of artwork influenced by Alan Turing currently running at Phoenix and present a showing of the short film "Decoding Alan Turing" by Christopher Racster.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

12.30 & 14.00 Tue 11 Dec 2012 Collaboration, Tessy Britton, Lunchtime talk followed by a workshop

Tessy Britton
Tue 11th December 2012

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12.30-13.30 Lunchtime Talk
Tessy Britton presents an overview of her work on different types of collaboration

14.00-16.00 Workshop
Please indicate your interest to give us an idea of numbers
A practical workshop on the skills of collaboration. There will be opportunities to try different approaches and consider which might best suit an academic transdisciplinary environment. Refreshments will be provided.

Many colleagues are interested in transdisciplinary collaboration, but the barriers are high. Differences in disciplinary cultures and a history of institutional silos, not to mention shortage of time, are just some of the problems we face. And when you do start a collaboration, you may quickly discover that understanding each other is much harder than it seemed at first. These two sessions comprise a brief introduction to different kinds of collaboration followed by a hands-on workshop offering the chance to try out a range of methods and an invitation to consider which of them are most useful in an academic setting. You can attend either or both.

Tessy Britton is a social designer, researcher and educationalist who has worked for the past 8 years developing innovative methods for stimulating positive and collaborative approaches in wellbeing, citizen-led participation and co-production. With a life-long interest in research, knowledge and creativity Tessy’s work over the past 8 years has focused on applying innovative knowledge and ideas to new contexts. Understanding the underlying and interrelated factors which cause change within the human biological systems, between humans and within the wider organisational, community and social structures has been a key focus. Significant research projects have included: action research projects for her MA Education on cognition, emotion, wellbeing; the book Hand Made and through the research and development for Social Spaces. She was Chair of the new RSA Fellowship Council 2009/2010.

12.30 Tue 23rd Oct 2012 Unexpected Partnerships, Roland Harwood, Co-founder 100% Open - TDC Lunchtime Session

Unexpected Partnerships
Roland Harwood, 100% Open
12.30 Tue 23rd Oct 2012, Transdisciplinary Common Room

This session will explore how many famous innovations came from unexpected partnerships which perhaps appear obvious in hindsight, but certainly didn't at first. Roland will make the case through various case studies and exercises that “the future reveals itself through the peripheral”, and share lessons learned about how successful unexpected partners could become your next big collaboration opportunity.

Roland Harwood is Co-founder and Networks Partner at 100%Open, the open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Oxfam and Ordnance Survey to co-innovate with partners. Before that, he was Director of Open Innovation at NESTA, the UK Innovation Agency and Investment Fund. Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he has held senior innovation roles in the public and private sector and in addition has worked with hundreds of start-ups to raise venture capital and commercialise technology. He is a proud and exhausted dad of 3 and has also worked as a TV and film music producer for SonyBMG.

Monday, 8 October 2012

12.30 Tue 30th Oct 2012 The Uses of Transliteracy, Prof Sue Thomas - TDC Lunchtime

The Uses of Transliteracy
Prof Sue Thomas
12.30 Tue 30th Oct 2012, Transdisciplinary Common Room

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.

Transliteracy Research Group
The concept was developed at DMU's Institute of Creative Technologies by a team of colleagues who subsequently co-wrote the first paper on the subject, Transliteracy Crossing Divides, First Monday, Volume 12 Number 12 - 3 December 2007.  Since that publication, transliteracy research has been independently furthered by a number of different groups: for example, in the USA it has attracted the attention of librarians and educators; in France, the first 'Translitteracies' seminar will be held at the Sorbonne in November and researchers in Australia, Canada, Portugal and India are also experimenting with it. See these citations for recent references.

This talk offers a short refresher on the main principles of transliteracy and an invitation to colleagues to consider incorporating it into their teaching and research. For more information, see the Transliteracy Research Group blog.