The Open Northampton project aims to put the university on the global map of open educational resources (OER) and develop appropriate open practices in curriculum design and delivery. Approval by UET was obtained and work has begun on a number of fronts. A bid was secured from the Leadership Foundation, which will provide the university with consultancy time led by Professor Megan Quentin-Baxter of Newcastle University. Megan is well known in the field of OER. She and Tim Seale of the Open University will be running sessions on various aspects of open practices at Northampton. Their contribution will be valuable to get the Open Northampton project off the ground, and to raise awareness of OER across the university.
Sessions will be held on 17 and 28 January, 12 and 20 February, 5 and 20 March. We would very much encourage colleagues to participate in these sessions.
A selection of the open educational resources that have been released from the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton. Based on 28/5/2016 figures.
viewsdownloads C Programming9865372Summary of Evolutionary Algorithms695316Problem-Solving540836Pollution And Pollutants5691269Properties of Ultrasonic Waves642691Sustainability: Environmental Business Imperatives2591
Dr James Xue from Department of Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton and Ahmed Salim (an MSc Computing student) have developed a community-driven, best learning resource sharing website.
Originally developed as his Ahmed's dissertation under James supervision, it is now live at www.learningsmart.co.uk The following are some of the main features: Top-five resource list for each subject area is updated at real-time (nearly) automatically based on real users’ reviews (one user can only review a resource once, this stops fake reviews)Learning resources are classified based on levels of difficulty (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) so that learners won’t waste time searching for the right resources or reading inappropriate resources.Any contribution (upload and review of resources, interaction with other learners) will be rewarded some points, top contributors are displayed on the home page. As a result, more good resources are expected.Users can create…
I had my first opportunity recently to try an Aldebaran NAO robot as a teaching tool in an AI class. The session was an end of term activity around summarising what we did in the AI class so far and questions.
A question came up around AI and it's impact on society. Perfect opportunity to bring in a social robot - especially as a precursor for when we include a session on social robotics next term.
The robot was part of the investment in STEM teaching part-funded by HEFCE.
The video below shows the robot in action, while I am learning to use it.
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