As regular visitors to this site will know we are experimenting with the use of different forms of multi-media to communicate ideas. Lately we have become interested in the use of Comics. Comics allow us to bring together words and pictures to explore and explain a narrative. We hope you will enjoy the comics on this page. If you roll your cursor over the middle right edge of the comic page a navigation arrow will appear.
If you would like to download a copy go to our Flickr pages. Warning – the comics below can take a little time to load.
This is what designer Adryan Puscuta has to say about the comics.
Comics, time, friends, learning and my old shoe….
Actually my old shoe has nothing to do with this, I just wanted to be sure he will never be forgotten. But what really is important, is the chance that Pontydysgu offered me. Being there and working was a fantastic experience. Like always school ruins the fun of life and I went to Bucharest to study. It isn’t all that bad because university professors usually are smart people and the colleagues and friends I have, make my life interesting.
I still keep in touch with Graham and he found the time to develop a new story. My part was simply to help him tell it. I used the Comic Life PC version (http://plasq.com/comiclife-win) and obtained the pictures by searching through http://creativecommons.org and by adding some of my own. After that … it all depends on your imagination. The best part of creating a comic out of Graham’s lines is that I learned from the story he told. I started recognizing components of my personal learning environment around me and I know now the importance of informal learning. I tried to use pictures that express my understanding of the words and for that I needed to understand them first.
I recommend to everyone to create a comic of there own. It’s great fun and very relaxing almost like an old shoe.
Taccle was one of our most successful projects. The original handbook on technology for learning went out in some 7000 hard copies in six languages, with a number of further languages being added by volunteer translators and regular reprints in different countries. This is not counting the thousand of downloads. The handbook was designed for teachers wanting to introduce e-learning into their practice. There was also a series of training events for teachers based on the handbook. Both the handbook and the courses were rated highly by teachers but feedback from readers and from course participants was that there were still ‘gaps’ that needed to be filled.
Firstly, although teachers across the subject range said they found the both the courses and the handbook useful for developing generic technical skills there were many who still found difficulty in translating that into specific learning activities within their subject area or sector.
Secondly, although many teachers, as a result of reading the handbook or attending the courses, now feel confident about designing learning objects or using web 2.0 applications, they are less confident about engaging pupils in producing and publishing their own. The TACCLE 2 project addresses these issues by providing a series of 5 supplementary handbooks (in Dutch, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian) written in the same style as the original, around specific subjects – primary education, maths, science and technology, key competences, arts and culture and humanities.
Nic Daniels and Jenny Hughes are editing the first handbook on primary education now and we hope to publish it in October (we will put out an order form in next couple of weeks).
Nic has been working on the design of the handbook. And I loved this mock up template he has circulated to project partners. It gives an idea of what you can expect from the project. You can keep up to date with development on the project web site.
According to Class Central a quarter of the new MOOC users in 2016 came from regional MOOC providers such as XuetangX (China) and Miríada X (Latin America).
They list the top five MOOC providers by registered users:
Coursera – 23 million
edX – 10 million
XuetangX – 6 million
FutureLearn – 5.3 million
Udacity – 4 million
XuetangX burst onto this list making it the only non-English MOOC platform in top five.
In 2016, 2,600+ new courses (vs. 1800 last year) were announced, taking the total number of courses to 6,850 from over 700 universities.
Jobs in cyber security
In a new fact sheet the Tech Partnership reveals that UK cyber workforce has grown by 160% in the five years to 2016. 58,000 people now work in cyber security, up from 22,000 in 2011, and they command an average salary of over £57,000 a year – 15% higher than tech specialists as a whole, and up 7% on last year. Just under half of the cyber workforce is employed in the digital industries, while banking accounts for one in five, and the public sector for 12%.
Number students outside EU falls in UK
Times Higher Education reports the number of first-year students from outside the European Union enrolling at UK universities fell by 1 per cent from 2014-15 to 2015-16, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Data from the past five years show which countries are sending fewer students to study in the UK.
Despite a large increase in the number of students enrolling from China, a cohort that has grown by 12,500 since 2011-12, enrolments by students from India fell by 13,150 over the same period.
Other notable changes include an increase in students from Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and a fall in students from Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
According to the Guardian, research conducted with more than 6,300 authors of journal articles, peer reviewers and journal editors revealed that over two-thirds of researchers who have never peer reviewed a paper would like to. Of that group (drawn from the full range of subject areas) more than 60% said they would like the option to attend a workshop or formal training on peer reviewing. At the same time, over two-thirds of journal editors told the researchers that it is difficult to find reviewers