The ADMINS project has developed a chatbot to see if the technology can improve the way students disclose information about disability or health conditions. We named our chatbot Taylor. The project was sponsired by Microsoft and built using their Azure technologies. You can read what they had to say here: https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/ai4aedugrants2021/ As design consultant on … Continue reading “Reimagining Accessible Education”
The Open University is creating a chatbot to support people with disabilities. ADMINS aims to solve the barriers to independent living caused by online forms and administrative processes.
The virtual Microscope enables people to view geological samples online. This animation was constructed by creating an illustration of a volcano in Adobe Illustrator. I then created the sprite offset in Illustrator so that my artwork resembled an ‘old school’ 35mm film strip of 8 frames. I worked out the CSS3 animation properties on paper. … Continue reading “The Virtual Microscope”
An early design for the cards on the developing Our Journey project. The card will contain mandatory and discretionary fields. This version of the design shows a flip-style card enabling both sides to contain content – a summary facing side and more in-depth information on the ‘reverse’ side. This design may not make it beyond … Continue reading “Card design for Our Journey”
I was approached by the Institute of Educational Technology to produce a series of posters as they prepare their case studies for the REF 2021.
The sub-division of space on a web page is a glorious thing to ponder. The responsive landscape provides additional criteria, and high resolution screens heap further complexity on top. Where will we put the content? I am back filling my blog at this point I should stress so the project I am describing was completed … Continue reading “Wireframes for new IET web site”
The Academic Information Repository (AIR) was developed as a by-product of the recent re-development of the website for the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). We recognised that to put the user at the centre was to provide a frictionless method for users to manage their content. One of the challenges in developing web sites when … Continue reading “A logo for AIR”
I was made aware of Bitcoin whilst working with Max Keiser – I assisted Stacy and Max on their web site and other projects between 2003 and 2012. The thought of creating a parallel currency – one not bound by the questionable practices of central banks appealed to me and I read all that I … Continue reading “Can crypto–currency methods be appropriated to enhance online learning?”
Snakes and Ladders of Social Networking is a board game initially conceived Dr Anne Grand and Helen Dooley. Along with Prof. Rick Holliman, they found that the intimacy and well-understood etiquette of a board game – taking turns, moving forward, conversation, all promoted a related and rich discussion which they were able to harness as … Continue reading “Snakes and Ladders – for social networking”
Considerations for a media player that is designed for learning and teaching purposes would be something of a dream project. Unfortunately my brief was not to imagineer an ideal media player for students and academics but to troubleshoot the design of an existing media player. To put my story into context, a player had been … Continue reading “A media player for learning and teaching”