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?
Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) is a research pooling partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde that is supported by the Scottish Funding Council.
In a fruitful collaboration between SULSA (Matthew Ross & Denise Barrault), School of Biological Sciences, LTS Graphics Lab team (Julie Robinson & Joanne Gordon) and the e-learning unit (Stewart Cromar) a brand new SULSA website was developed and launched in February this year. This bespoke Drupal 7 solution included advanced metadata taxonomies to support all SULSA events, persons, research facilities (6) and geographic locations (16+).
The Euan MacDonald Centre (EMC) at the University of Edinburgh is a “centre without walls” of 30 researchers across Scotland that seeks to improve the lives of patients living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) through fundamental discovery research as well as a growing portfolio of patient-centred research projects.
EMC approached LTS 2013 Q3 to redesign their public facing website, a static HTML build. Graphics Lab (Stuart Brett) worked closely with Rebecca Devon, Denise Cranley and Euan MacDonald to produce new visuals. The e-learning team then rapidly developed (5 developers over 2 days) a bespoke WordPress theme featuring a responsive web design (RWD). This very quickly gave the EMC team an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) with improved control over their publishing.
The new WordPress site had its public launch on the 29th of October 2013.
Health professionals across Scotland have welcomed HEARTe, the first comprehensive, web-based, free training programme for all health and social care staff caring for people with heart disease. Led by Scotland’s Health Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), the resource launches at a national heart conference in Stirling on November 29th.
CHSS has worked in partnership with NHS Scotland, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland and the University of Edinburgh (Learning Technology Section) to produce HEARTe, which is funded by the Scottish Government through the National Advisory Committee for Heart Disease.
HEARTe Project Manager Suzanne Bell explained, “This new interactive online resource will improve the skills of health and social care staff and enhance the care of people living with heart disease across Scotland.”
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil said: “We are delighted to have funded the HEARTe initiative. This is an excellent example of collaboration between the third sector and NHS Scotland, leading to an innovative educational resource for health and social care professionals. It will have real and positive impacts for people in Scotland and is a great practical illustration of our commitment to the 2020 Vision for health and social care services.”
Marjory Burns, Director at BHF Scotland, said: “HEARTe is a fantastic innovation that will enhance the skills of health and social professionals so they can continue to help BHF Scotland fight for every heartbeat.”
Development of HEARTe included the expert input of multi-disciplinary professions. The resulting resource has 7 core level modules to cover a range of different aspects of cardiac disease. These modules are healthy heart and common cardiac investigations, primary prevention, stable coronary heart disease, acute coronary syndromes, cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure, and palliative care in heart disease.
You can access this dynamic cardiac education tool after November 29th by visiting: