DIVERSE: Guest Access

To help demonstrate DIVERSE to a wider audience we have taken the decision to add a guest account to DIVERSE. This guest account allows non UoL students to access and use DIVERSE; albeit in a limited way.

Guests are limited to accessing the public DIVERSE clouds, and are unable to make requests for new clouds like regular users can. The reason for this is to protect DIVERSE from spam and also to ensure academic clouds can be separated for statistics purposes.

As part of this update we have also introduced a new login screen which all users will be presented with when they next try to access DIVERSE.

DIVERSE login splash page

DIVERSE login splash page

This splash page gives a visitor the option of logging in using their UoL account (the traditional login method), or they can use the guest login. There is also an option on this page for UoL students to hide this page for future convenience.

To access this new login system, simply visit the DIVERSE login page or if you want to use the new guest account simply go to the guest page.

Until next time.


Attitudes towards online learning

One area we have looked into as part of the DIVERSE project, is the attitudes students have towards online learning. As such, we have recently carried out a survey amongst university students to learn more about their attitudes and perceptions towards online learning.

The results of this survey were in general positive, and demonstrate that students clearly value online learning as part of their studies. This is illustrated in the word cloud below that summarises student’s opinions on online learning tools.

Online learning tools wordcloud

A word cloud representing opinions of online learning tools

From this word cloud it is clear that students view online learning tools as an advantage to their studies. This is further reinforced when students were asked to rate their experiences with online learning tools. In this case, the mean rating for online learning tools was 7/10.

This survey also examined student usage of online learning tools and found that 93.11% of students surveyed reported using an online learning tool at least 2-3 times a week. However, this pales in comparison to social networking usage amongst students, as 86.21% of participants reported using a social networking site on a daily basis.

The overall conclusion from this survey suggests that online learning tools are perceived well by students.


DIVERSE Branches Out

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