February 2012

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End of January 2012

It’s the end of January and I haven’t really started the year with much activity across my blogs so this is an end of month update in the hope that in February I’ll get to write something before that month is over and now that the tax return is filed. I’m really excited that the Human-Computer Interaction class I have signed up for is finally starting tomorrow and there is still time to join the class. I’m also delighted to see ALT’s journal Research in Learning Technology on its new Open Access platform, with the entire archive of the journal as well as current issues now being available. On a less technological note, it’s time to think about what to grow in the veg patch this season and I have been having company while trying to decide.

December 2011

9th attempt – christmas seal
This is the last update for 2011. At the start of December I attended Online Educa in Berlin and chaired a session on Lecture Capture with three really interesting presentations from Ilkka Kukkonen, Dan Roberts and Amanda Hardy. 
While I am still working on completing my CMALT portfolio, I have signed up for Scott Klemmer’s Human-Computer Interaction course which starts online in January and I am looking forward to participating in the course as well as experiencing the online learning environment.
For the next few days however I’m planning to enjoy the time off with friends & family (and continue my experiments with sealing wax) and look forward to writing some more in 2012.
Seasons greetings,

November 2011

Looking forward to attending Online Educa in Berlin towards the end of this month. Also completing my CMALT portfolio and getting ready for Christmas. 
On my personal blog I’ve recently posted pictures of a new chocolate graveyard made for Halloween as well as some architectural LEGO models of schools made by school children which I saw on a recent visit to London.
The archive of the cemteryscapes blog is now fully up and running. 
And the scarves have been liberated from their summer hibernation. My favourite time of year is in full swing. 

The cemeteryscapes archives

For the past two years I have edited and compiled the cemteryscapes blog together with many contributors who kindly sent us their pictures, links and articles. The blog started as a community project during the last year of my PhD and then gained a modest, but loyal community of readers across the world. We featured cemeteryscapes from many countries and material culture from Africa, the United States, Skandinavia, Southern Europe and the UK – everything from coffin exhibitions to boneywards, from conservation to natural burial practices. Now the blog has been turned into an archive which will continue to be available online and as a PDF and I hope that it will continue to be interesting and relevant to the active community of cemetery researchers which I have had the pleasure to be a part of.

October 2011

Icognito, Paris

I started the month in France and this month’s picture is a snapshot from the trip – a very small gallery which really makes the most of the space it occupies. 
I have also had the pleasure to attend FOTE11 last week (see the FOTE11 blog for more info) and came away with a lot of interesting things to think about. I’ll also be at the AoC/ALT conference, ‘ Management Strategies to Improve the use of Learning Technologies‘ in London this week, which I am really looking forward to. 
On my personal blog I have started posting some pictures of the architecture/places which I visited, so you can have a look at a brick book house amongst other things.

September 2011

Leeds University sunrise
Having just returned from ALT’s annual conference, it’s now time for my usual monthly update. I really enjoyed the conference this year and there is a lot to read, discover, listen to and watch online for those of you who’d like to find out more. Hoping to see everyone again and many new faces next year in Manchester at ALT-C 2012
For now though autumn has come and with it lots of interesting other things to be getting on with. For one we will be turning the last few years’ worth of posts on cemeteryscapes into an online publication to capture the great contributions from everyone and to make the information contained in the blog more widely accessible. If you have anything you’d like to include, it’s not too late to contribute. Also, on my personal blog the vegetable and garden season is nearly over, so that I’ll be able to post more about all the other things I’m interested in (although it’s still worth having a look at a picture I took recently which seemed to signal a friendly end to the season). Also, with the new term starting it’s time to buy new pens and scarves and get ready for Michaelmas.

CiviCon 2011 – London

I had the pleasure of attending CiviCon 2011 in London today. Lots of good discussion and sessions with developers, implementers, users and end-users, all of whom were intent on making things happen. My highlights of the events were:

  • Things to look forward to: WordPress integration
  • Something to get involved with: community support
  • Creative solutions to working with CiviCRM: CiviBot/Miss MoneyPenny from Tech for the People

Thanks for everyone for making this such an interesting and fun day in the Tetris Room!
For further info see the CiviCon website.

August 2011

Heritage tomato
This monthly update comes late as I have been rather busy during the first half of this month. However, on my personal blog you can have a look at some cookie-experiments which I have been undertaking. I have also included a picture a heritage tomato, which is the most exciting thing currently growing in my garden. I have also had the great pleasure of seeing Nigel Kennedy playing at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, which was wonderful. Thousands of people silently concentrating on a Bach violin solo was an awe-inspiring experience and gave me a lot to think about. Finally, I have been catching up on some reading and read Player One by Douglas Coupland.