One of the recent changes here at DIVERSE was the decision to offer the resource clouds out to wider spectrum of lecturers and students within the University of Lincoln. We wanted people to benefit from DIVERSE and with the exam period creeping up we’re giving all lecturers within the School of Computer Science the option to adopt DIVERSE to help aid their revision plans for students. Since the announcement we’ve noted a noticeable increase in the amount of lecturers logging in to DIVERSE; we’re hoping after seeing what we’ve created they’ll opt to take it to the next level and start using it within their lectures!
Keep posted to find out more
Here at DIVERSE we’re always looking for new ways to spread the word and get people involved with the work we’ve been carrying out. When the opportunity to take part in Dev8D (a developer conference focused around developing for HE) came up we thought it would be a great opportunity to spread the word about DIVERSE.
Myself, Ben and John took the trip down to London for the 3 day conference at the University of London Union. Whilst there we were not only able to network and learn about other interesting HE projects but we were also able to pitch DIVERSE in one of the ‘lightning talk’ sessions. This allowed us to reach out to other developers from around the country and give them an insight into the work we had been doing. The response was positive and we hope to spread the word even further by attending more conferences in the near future.
As always keep tuned for our lastest updates!
One of the things we’ve been looking into developing here at DIVERSE is a mobile application. We’re hoping to make it even easier to access and view your clouds while on the move. For now development is underway for an iPhone app but once this is completed we’ll be looking to roll it out to other mobile platforms. On top of the dedicated app we’re also looking at making a mobile version of DIVERSE that can be accessed through your phones web browser, again this will allow for east navigation on mobile platforms..
Check out the current image of the DIVERSE app below!
DIVERSE iPhone App
We’ve made some changes to DIVERSE and to test these out we’re hoping to organise another workshop with third year Computer Science Students. We’ve taken their feedback on board and are eager to find out if our changes have made an improvement.
More to follow once the workshop has been organised!
Just a quick update about our recent meeting with Business and Law. Myself and Ben took part in two lectures (one with first year students, one with third year) to introduce them to the work we’ve been doing on DIVERSE. We went through the steps involved with using DIVERSE and highlighted how we think it can benefit them. The plan for the coming weeks is to get the two groups actively working with DIVERSE and using it as a research aid to the work they are currently undertaking. We’re hoping that through this not only will they benefit but they will also provide us with active feedback regarding DIVERSE.
It shouldn’t be long until DIVERSE is fully underway in both Business and Law and HLSS so keep posted for more updates!
After successfully demonstrating DIVERSE to one the modules within the School of Computer Science we decided to let them get hands on with and see what they actually thought when put into use. We set them up with a cloud relevant to their topic and asked them to search the web to find relevant information to add. Whilst doing this we were also able to get them to carry out a questionnaire highlighting their views on DIVERSE. We found the results extremely useful and will be putting them into practice in the coming weeks to help make DIVERSE even better.
Below we’ve mocked up a word cloud of the most commonly used words to describe DIVERSE; the feedback was great and will be a great help when coming to develop/change our current features!
DIVERSE Word Cloud
Keep posted for more updates!