THE Awards Shortlist

We’re very excited in the Media Technologies Team today as we have been shortlisted for THE Awards 2017, in the Technological Innovation of the Year category.  THE Awards are known as the “Oscars of higher education” and our shortlisting reflects the University of Manchester’s recent work using lecture capture to support disabled students.  We’ll look forward to the winners being announced on the 30th of November.

THE Awards Image Card

THE editor John Gill said: “Once again these awards have attracted hundreds of entries from the length and breadth of the nation, and from institutions of every hue. All those shortlisted can be immensely proud to have made it through this first phase, and we at Times Higher Education look forward to honouring the winners for their talent, creativity and commitment at a time for the academy when these qualities are increasingly essential.”


Pilot of ‘on air’ lights

In semester 1 of the 2017/18 academic year we will be testing a type of ‘on air’ light with our lecture capture system. The functionality has been developed by Paul Pettit at Keele University. The idea is to provide both staff and students with a clear form of feedback to show when a recording is in progress and an example of the light working can be seen here. The light will be rolled out to all CTS rooms in the Roscoe and Renold buildings and a feedback form will be circulated to teaching staff using those locations to assess its impact.

The product we are using is a Blinkstick light and the code developed by Paul can be found on Github.