about.me

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about.me is a great simple personal splash page that allows you to pull in various services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Twitter. about.me allows you to build a single on-line identity – be it for personal use, or to create a professional on-line profile. The site comes with its own stats systems built in, so you can understand how many people see your profile, where they’re coming from, and what they do on your page.

about.me is very similar to Flavors.me which does practically the same thing, but from my experiences I found about.me easier to use and slightly more flexible in terms of laying out your content, allowing you to be as creative as possible. Plus… about.me is more obvious about what its about… its about… me.

Check out my about.me personal splash page.

Interactive Learning Scenarios in Child Protection Poster

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With the VC’s Conference around the corner, part of the teaching fellowship was to create a poster to display on the day, and be available over the lunch to discuss the project to people who may be interested. Having first done a little research to see the standard of posters in previous years I noticed a lot of them were created in Microsoft Powerpoint. Although I can understand that some people may not have a clue about how to make a poster in any other piece of software this is fine, but for me I chose Adobe InDesign. I guess people should just use the tools they feel most comfortable using, and as I near enough hate Powerpoint I’d rather pop down the shops buy some A1 paper and some crayons and scribble the poster’s design, but that’s another story.

Having decided to create the poster in InDesign, I have the freedom to layout, layer and stylise the composition. As most of the project revolves around the character talking to the user, I decided I might be a nice idea to display them as if they were giving you the information themselves. The main aim is coming from us the developers so I kept that separate. Located at the bottom of the poster I have also demonstrated a four stage process that we went through, starting with the modelling >> rendering >> editing >> presenting (displaying the result in the browser). This poster will be on display on Monday the 6th July at the University of Plymouth.

WrAssE Showcase (“Hands on for e-Resources”)

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Finally the Wrasse Project (Writing for Assignments e-Library) has been shown to a group of people who work here at the University for the first time. John Hilsdon presented to the group starting with “An Idea”, moving to the concept, then to the Product/Showcase towards the end from what I can gather it was very well received. People were given the chance have play and experiment with using the site and we encouraged to think about how they might incorporate the resource in there teaching.

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