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February 20, 2009

crowdtasking

February 20, 2009

One of the most interesting parts of our UKAN-SKILLS Project has been experimenting with crowdtasking (eg Amazon Mechanical Turk) as a way of obtaining small amounts of specialist support. Our final set of focus groups also mentioned several times the potential usefulness of a sustainable location for crowdtasking eLearnng activities (from finding peer evaluation right through to actual paid ...

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February 03, 2009

Bingo game

February 03, 2009

I guess that games like Bulls**t Bingo evolved because of boredom at meetings and a hostility to what was perceived as useless/pretentious jargon.However we have found that an eLearning bingo activity is a popular icebreaker activity as well as being a useful way of reflecting on terminology at the end of a staff development event. Tag clouds are an ...

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December 20, 2008

Seasonal wishes to everyone

December 20, 2008

Best wishes to everyone in the Emerge community   Paul M  (writing the exciting 'user acceptance measurement' section of our Project Report as a break from putting up Xmas ...

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November 21, 2008

Kids' informal learning

November 21, 2008

The new US report at contains some interesting discussion topics IMO  for projects like ours that work with young people  (or child labour as Paul Bailey would call it ...

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November 07, 2008

Mechanical Turk

November 07, 2008

UKAN-SKILLS is using Amazon Mechanical Turk as a way of crowdsourcing a specialised software task. We would be interested to hear from any other project or Emerge person that has used Mechanical Turk or other 'human intelligence task' services.Paul M  ( paul.mayes@tees.ac.uk ...

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November 06, 2008

Blatant promotion for some of our helpers

November 06, 2008

 This is a picture of a pizza-supported team meeting for some of the excellent young entrepreneurs who have helped with our various projects. They are available (through smartvalley@tees.ac.uk ) at a reasonable rate if you ever quickly need someone to garner user-input for people aged 14-20  (they have access to previously unsurveyed people from all youth 'tribes', genders, educational ...

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October 15, 2008

HEA / JISC project announcement

October 15, 2008

This news of future funding looks to be interesting to a lot of us. It also seems a very good idea in itself ...

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October 14, 2008

Crowdsourced help needed

October 14, 2008

We would like to make it easier for students and staff to mark up different styles of writing with colour highlighting in Word 2007. Users find it slow to select, pull down etc each time to get to and choose from the highlight colour palette. We can offer a £200 crowdsourcing prize to anyone who can keep the colour ...

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UKAN-SKILLS - good progress

October 14, 2008

Our Project web site describes the many user-driven strands that have emerged for UKAN-SKILLS. Dave Cormier's demonstration repository (at ) now has its first batch of permission-cleared learning material. These objects will be linked to the online curriculum maps being developed by Janet A. Hale of curriculummapping101.com. Janet has written for us a very useful background paper for us ...

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May 07, 2008

Skills development conference

May 07, 2008

A date for your diary possibly. The University of Teesside will be hosting a conference on 15th October 2008 featuring papers from 4 U&I Projects working in the 'student skills' cluster : ARGOSI, AWESOME Dissertation, SkillClouds and UKAN-SKILLS. It will be free but with an admin fee for delegates who cancel late or do not attend. More details will ...

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