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October 31, 2008

Are we nearly there yet?

October 31, 2008

 As a dad and veteran of many car journeys from the midlands to the north, I’m used to people trying to get a handle on how much further there is to go. I recently had another experience of this when someone asked me about Sounds Good. They were under the impression that we were ‘nearly there’.We’ve certainly come ...

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October 26, 2008

Mean time for Greenwich

October 26, 2008

Last Thursday, 23 October, was a great night out in London for 10 from Leeds Met (and about 1,300 others). We were at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane for the Times Higher Awards. I’ve previously mentioned that Sounds Good was shortlisted for an award in the category for ‘outstanding contribution to innovation and technology’. I also ...

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October 12, 2008

Burglars, teachers and windows

October 12, 2008

Question: What’s the connection between burglars due in court and university teachers launching modules? Answer: Windows. If the link isn’t immediately obvious, it’s probably because your career has been different from mine. I used to be a probation officer and now I’m a university staff developer.When they hear the word ‘windows’, many people involved with technology think first ...

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October 04, 2008

After the big one

October 04, 2008

Is that it? The last few weeks have seen a major financial earthquake, with banks collapsing, governments shelling out billions and commentators struggling to find sufficiently apocalyptic words. Yet the world is still spinning and I’m promised my money is safe. So that’s all right then.Maybe not. Analogies can be misleading, but let’s explore a familiar scenario from geology: ...

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September 29, 2008

Let's not get carried away

September 29, 2008

August was relaxing but September is hectic. This is often true for those of us who work in UK higher education, but Sounds Good is making September 2008 even more of a whirl than usual for me. Not that I’m complaining.This month I’ve led sessions about using audio for assessment feedback at:Leeds Met’s Assessment, Learning and Teaching Conference;the Association ...

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September 27, 2008

Sounds Good blog moves

September 27, 2008

Sounds Good's web arrangements are changing. We're moving the site and altering the way things work. The main aim is to make it easier for people to contribute. We'll continue to use our URL, www.soundsgood.org.uk, but it will eventually point somewhere else. As a first step, we're stopping posting to the existing blog and posting instead to a new ...

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September 25, 2008

I heard it through the grapevine

September 25, 2008

And now it’s public. Sounds Good has been shortlisted for a Times Higher award in the category for ‘outstanding contribution to innovation and technology’. “Wow, I’m amazed!” was my reaction when I was told. The team here at Leeds Met is delighted, of course.Thanks, colleagues, for all your hard work giving audio feedback to our students. It’s ...

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September 23, 2008

Failure to keep a blog!

September 23, 2008

(Posted by Simon Thomson, Deputy Project Manager & Webmaster, Sounds Good) I have been very fortunate in this project that the Project Manager has been very active and instrumental in providing content for the blog. Although I did indeed populate the basic construction of the site it has been Bob who has continually refreshed the blog content and podcasts. ...

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July 27, 2008

Keeping a reflective blog

July 27, 2008

Why do we keep a Sounds Good blog? Because we have to, that’s the simple answer. For projects in JISC’s Users and Innovation (U&I) programme, maintaining a ‘reflective blog’ is part of the deal. Would Sounds Good do it if it weren’t expected? I’m not sure.The U&I programme manager hasn’t been prescriptive about project blogs, thank goodness. So ...

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July 24, 2008

How do you get students to come to a focus group?

July 24, 2008

Focus groups are popular with researchers. Everyone is holding them! Personally, having been in a few myself, I’ve got reservations – mainly about what can happen when the group contains a dominant, highly-opinionated and apparently knowledgeable individual. Yet I could see a potential benefit of a student focus group on Sounds Good: a way of getting beyond the ...

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