Tuesday the 13th of October was the inaugural Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) at the University of Edinburgh. The Interactive Content (IC) team were responsible for the design, development and facilitation of 5 key workshop activities. Not only did registered University students and staff enjoy the day, but so did a significant number of guests from the Edinburgh community.
71 favourites and 48 retweets from the IC @Tweelearning Twitter account alone
Impressions: 9,447 (times people saw these Tweets on Twitter)
Total engagements: 665 (times people interacted with these Tweets)
~400 unique Tweets using the official event hashtag #ALD15EdUni (via Topsy)
Katya Krasnopeeva from Pilizota Lab, within the School of Biological Sciences, very kindly gave an inspirational overview of her current research post. She even had a short video demonstrating how LEGO was used to help them out with a rather repetitive laboratory procedure.
With help from the very generous Sara Thomas (Museums Galleries Scotland – Wikimedia in Residence), one University of Edinburgh student made substantial additions to the Ada Lovelace Wikipedia page (Persian)
The University of Edinburgh will be hosting its very first Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 13th October 2015 – an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The Interactive Content Team is playing a leading role in several creative workshops and is responsible for creating all the graphic design for the event; banners, merchandise and visual aids.
Our provisional schedule includes:
composing music with algorithms
building Raspberry Pi enclosures with LEGO
metadata games (University of Edinburgh’s Library and University Collections division)
Wikipedia training session and edit-a-thon
Please note that booking details will be announced shortly on the following website and Twitter account:
Last Friday Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) launched a brand new website filled with educational resources, images and audio-visual material based on their UNESCO-awarded HIV/AIDS collections.
Over a 4 month development window, in close collaboration with LHSA Project Conservator Emily Hick, the Interactive Content team developed a showcase website that would house their collection in an attractive, functional and engaging design.
Each member of the team played an important role in different aspects of this multifaceted and exciting project. In a little under 20 total development days the following deliverables were achieved:
Launched on February 28th, the BBC have fully engaged with WhatsApp to deliver interactive content around the reburial of Richard III. Stewart Lamb Cromar reviews the quality, diversity and innovation of their instant messaging publications.
1) Fri 13 Mar
After 13 days of radio silence, the BBC published their first piece of interactive content. This BBC News article from September 2012 wasn’t the best of starts in terms of engagement or breaking new ground.
This interactive video map represents the first new 100% piece of Richard III content we’ve seen. Whilst the BBC claim this page is best viewed on their desktop site, I found the 8-part video perfectly usable on a mobile device. What I did find disconcerting was the lack of audio, it’s more a slideshow than video to be honest and it would have benefited from someone narrating the on-screen text.
Before King Richard III’s remains are reinterred during a ceremony next Thursday, we’re treated to 6 facts for the remaining 6 days. And finally, the emoji poll results are revealed:
For most of you KRIII was:
With the reburial still left it may be a little premature to make any firm conclusions, but based on what we’ve been sent so far I’m pretty impressed. Despite a shaky start, I genuinely find it quite exciting to get a WhatsApp alert direct from the BBC. Their now daily Richard III messages are a perfect appetiser before engaging with extended Richard III BBC News website content.
With the sole exception of the emoji poll, communication for me was strictly one-way. This may be down to my lack of experience with WhatsApp, had I asked a question or commented on one their posts they may well have been answered.
As with Facebook and Twitter before it, it’s only a matter of time before other major content providers adopt WhatsApp as a serious educational delivery platform. I would love to hear about the success of their Richard III WhatsApp alert service when it concludes, in particular how many subscribers they garnered and what level of resourcing was required internally.
Did you also subscribe to this alert service? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or via Twitter.
The Interactive Content team go for a wee jaunt round the relaxation Labyrinth outside our office. Google Glass helps us capture Jackie’s reflective downtime.
The Edinburgh Labyrinth is in a corner of George Square Gardens, and adds to the peaceful nature of this area, giving a chance to relax or reflect while walking this ancient path.
Walking the path offers a unique space to slow down, still the mind and find time in a fast paced world for reflection.
The Edinburgh Labyrinth is a path of welcome for anyone – staff member, student or visitor. Why not walk it at lunchtime or at the beginning or end of your day?