Tuesday, July 06, 2010

New job


OK, I've not blogged for a while because I've been getting to grips with my new job.

I now work up on the main Streatham campus for the Integration and Web Services team as a Senior Web Services Developer. I predominantly look after the LISA and BART systems, that's the Student Attendance Monitoring and Assignment Submission web apps used across the whole university. So, I've been busy learning about infrastructure and web security on a grand scale now that I've gone 'Enterprise'!

I also have a fab view from my desk.

Can't be bad.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Geevor is finished!

Geevor went live yesterday, you can see it here: http://www.geevor.com

Feels good to have finished the project and delivered it on time and to specification. Lots of thanks to Claire at Geevor who put in lots of hard work on the user end too.

My favourite part of this project, is that I've coded the whole thing into just one page. Sure it's a big page, 1600 lines of PHP, Javascript and HTML but it makes changing anything a doddle.

Bye for now


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Well here I am, sat at my desk in the Laver buidling on the main campus of the University of Exeter on secondment with the Education Enhancement Unit (EEU). How did this happen?

Well...gather round...

It all started one Firday lunchtime down the pub, Mike, my boss bought us all a drink before dropping the fact that withouth the Distance Learning modules, we needed some more work and there was a project on Open Educational Resources (putting course material out on the web free) at the mainsite and three of our team needed to go.

That was the end of April, now here in mid June we are already a month into our secondment and it's working out well. I can see the Northcott Theatre from my desk and lots of trees, my co-workers are very friendly and the work is going well.

On the work front, it's been a buit of a learning curve with many meetings about Intellectual Property Rights and repositories but a change is as good as a rest as they say!


I'll keep you posted!


Friday, April 17, 2009



Currently working on three web based projects:

- The Beauty Exhibtion for the RAMM in Exeter
- The main website for the Geevor Tin Mine
- A website for the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro

So you see it's busy, busy, busy. Nice though since I travelled down to Cornwall to visit the Tin Mine last month. It has an excellent perpective, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea with undergraound tunnels reaching out over half a mile under the seabed.

And only 3 miles from Senen...Surf's UP!



Tuesday, February 24, 2009



I'm just installing a Re-Captcha program (Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) to stop spam on one of the websites I look after. It works really well, yo've probably seen it when the computer asks you to enter a phrase or word shown in an image.

The funny thing here is that it says it is accessible to blind users because it comes with an audio version.

However, it isn't very clear and I had to laugh when a colleague of mine said...'It sucks being deaf'! In this case...it certainly does.


Bye for now.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Year, new beginnings...

Well, quite a lot of courses are beginning...that's what I mean!

Busy getting modules ready on WebCT for the new semester which starts on 2nd Feb. I'm tutoring 4 more distance learning modules in the 2nd semester but, ore excitingly, presenting some lectures on CSS and Javascript for the Web Design module run ovber on the main site by the CMIT team. These should be in mid March so more on that later.

After being ill before Christmas I had quite a lot of catching up to do but I'm nearly there now, although we're meant to be going down to Cornwall next week to chat to various organisations about web projects...although I haven't had much time to look at these lately. Still, should be a good shove in the right direction once WebCT has been fully refreshed.

Attended a seiminar for IT Mentoring with the OU last week up in Taunton. The idea here is that new Associate Lecturers may need help with the ETMA system (electronic system for submitting and returning assignments) so I've volunteered to help out. You get paid for it too so we'll see what happens.

As always, it's pretty mental here. Just finished a round of marking for Exeter and now got my nose back on the grindstone with WebCT. Then back to project work and research into using Moodle.

Go, go, go!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!

Hi there!

Here's what I've been up to over the past couple of months...

MA Archaeology & Sustainable Development:

This is a new MA which requires 8 or 9 online modules, one of which I have just finished today. It involved scanning approximately 60 articles of varying length (10-100+ pages) which took ages.


I'm invigilating the ECDL exams again but alas, no Talking Technology this yerar due to falling student numbers. The culprit is the new student module booking system which means that students book their modules easily online and so don;t come round to CMIT to talk to us!

Distance Learning

Student numbers have dropped here too but I'm still currently tutoring the Beginning Java and Progrmaming with VB.Net modules.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Tony at the RAMM has asked for a new website on the recent Beauty exhibition. SHould get underway with this soon

Geevor Infomine

Just about finished the infomine and now ready to move onto the e-leanring site. Oh yes...there's more!

So, lots of balls in the air at the moment. On the fun side, I donned a pink wig and raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness last month and am looking forward to our Christmas party in December.

Until then though...more work!

Bye for now