Julie Usher left the team at the end of June 2012 and Adel Gordon subsequently moved into the role of supporting Science and Technology. Rob Farmer moved into the role of supporting Arts.
Belinda Green joined the team on 17th September as dedicated Learning Technologist for The School of Education (funded by the School). This is similar to Andy Stenhouse who is funded by The School of Health and is their dedicated Learning Technologist. Al Holloway maintains a central position with a supporting role for Education and Health – working with Belinda and Andy.
Rachel Maxwell joined the team on a part time (0.8) post on the 5th November and is picking up support for NBS from Adel Gordon.
We currently have a vacancy for Rob Davis’ post as he left on the 21st December. The interviews for this post will be held on 8th February and the successful person will pick up support for Social Sciences. This work is currently being distributed between current central team members.
From left to right (Rob Howe, Belinda Green, Rachel Maxwell, Andy Stenhouse, Rob Farmer, Adel Gordon) Al Holloway was not available for the photo.
This blog posting has relevance for all iNorthampton users (Apple, Android and Blackberry)
iNorthampton has been updated on Apple devices to ensure that it is compatible with the iPhone 5 and IOS 6. This update has made a fundamental change to the way in which NILE is accessed through the app.
Following the update, when you click onto the springboard link for Bb NILE you will be directed to a second app calledBlackboard Mobile Learn (if you do not already have this app then you will be prompted to download it). This is an updated version of the tool which was previously embedded in iNorthampton.
The benefits of using Blackboard Mobile Learn means that:
NILE will format correctly on iPads
There is an enhanced link to notifications and announcements on your device
Ability for mobile formatted tests where appropriate
This change (in linking to Bb Mobile Learn) will be subsequently rolled out to Android users later in the year.
Changes to the way in which Blackberry users are supported
From April 30th, 2013 iNorthampton will cease to be supported as a Blackberry application. For more details on the reason for this – please see the Mobile Central Update. The advice for Blackberry users is to add a shortcut to iNorthampton from the home screen of your BlackBerry (add shortcut to home screen feature for Blackberry OS 6+). This will allow you to access Maps, Courses, News, Events, Library, Directory, Timetables and Get Help. In order to access NILE you should download Blackboard Mobile Learn for Blackberry
How do I add a shortcut to iNorthampton on BlackBerry?
Visit m.northampton.ac.uk in your BlackBerry’s browser.
From the BlackBerry Menu, select “Add to Homescreen”.
Our next University STEM
networking event will be a lively, interactive session given by Ed Drewitt, famous for his Bristol Dinosaur Project (www.thebristoldinosaurproject.org.uk) and Nicholas Garrick from Lighting up Learning Limited (www.lightinguplearning.com
) Both are trained
practitioners and highly regarded in their field of expertise. Friday 8 February 2013
Newton Avenue Campus, University of Northampton, UK1.15pm Tea and Coffee1.30 start5.00pm finish The
session builds on recognition that many scientists
do not have the skills to interact effectively with school students (especially
Key Stage 1 - 3 pupils). The aim of the session is: students, PhD students and STEM academics to be more
involved with public engagement activities and to create and share a range of
materials for workshops in primary schools. This
is a must for all STEM Ambassadors or those interested in improving their
skills and techniques in public engagement and we encourage to you come to this
In previous posts the availability on the JISC Jorum repository of six Open Education Resources (OERs) from the former School of Science and Technology (now part of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology) at the University of Northampton was discussed. After 13 years the Jorum repository was discontinued.
Three of the OERs though were migrated across to the JISC Apps and resource store and available for reuse.
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In a previous post I discussed using Scratch and Excel to model neurones. This post looks at using Excel and six-sided dice as a way of developing insights into how Genetic Algorithm work, before going on to program one.
A very simplified version of Tournament Selection is used for the parent selection and the mutation works by rolling a die to get a number between 1-6.
The problem to be solved is to find the lowest values for x and y in the equation (x-6)*(x-6)+(y-1)*(y-1).
Using an Excel spreadsheet, roll two dice six times. Fill in the first two columns with these numbers - these are X and Y values for each solution.The fitness scores should be calculated based on the equation. Low values for this problem are best.1st Parent: Roll two dice, if the numbers are same reroll one die to until the numbers are different. Use the two values to select the 1st parent, the solution with the lowest fitness of the two. Take the X part of the selected parent and it forms the X part of the…