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AECstatus
Assisted Electronic Communications in Health
The project is aimed at the application of media and knowledge technologies in a heath care context. The project was funded by the UK Department of Health, under the Information and Communications Technologies Research Initiative.


Project champion: Kevin Quick
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CABERstatus
CLUTCH As a Broadband Educational Resource
Supported by the East of England Broadband Consortium, the CABER project draws upon the successes of the CLUTCH Club Millennium Awards Scheme by further testing the concept of involving parents and children at school in the process of researching, editing and presenting a local history topic on the internet. The project seeks to exploit the potential of broadband connectivity by facilitating the recording, editing and sharing of rich multimedia assets which have been collected using digital video and oral history techniques. As with the CLUTCH Scheme, the CABER project is being operated in partnership with the Living Archive, an established documentary arts organisation based in Milton Keynes.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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CEFcult
Online assessment of intercultural competence
CEFcult provides an online environment that brings together the worlds of higher education and enterprise for the assessment of oral proficiency for intercultural professional purposes. The target groups are employees, those about to (re)enter the workplace, language teachers and in-company trainers.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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citischoolstatus
Where young people are citizens and citizens are teachers
CitiSchool (The Citizens' School) is an exciting new initiative being pioneered in the UK by Milton Keynes, to support disaffected young people in maintaining their interest in learning, and gaining qualifications. Adapted for the UK from a proven model in the US, some of the city's largest employers (including The Open University, BT, The British Army, and Abbey National) have joined forces to design and deliver Key Skills training to young people truanting or excluded from school, but who nonetheless have demonstrated their desire to learn. Citischool starts in September 2001, in collaboration with the major educational providers and agencies in Milton Keynes.<BR> <BR> The Knowledge Media Institute is supporting Citischool by providing the technical infrastructure to manage this "school without walls". Students, mentors, work placement employers, administrators and tutors must communicate and coordinate work across the city, posing unique challenges for traditional systems. This infrastructure is absolutely critical to the project's success, and KMi is adapting and extending in-house Web-based technologies (originally developed for the Millennium funded CLUTCH Project) to help administer Citischool over the Internet.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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CLUTCH - Millennium Awardsstatus
Computer Literacy Understanding Through Community History
The Open University has worked in partnership with the Living Archive, an independent documentary arts organisation based in Wolverton (Milton Keynes), to run a highly-successful and ground-breaking Millennium Award Scheme called CLUTCH - Computer Literacy Understanding Through Community History. Supported by the Millennium Commission from National Lottery funding, the scheme provided free web-based ICT training and support for over 300 parents of local school-aged children to complete a local history project of their choosing. The work of the resulting 60 school-based CLUTCH Clubs can be seen by visiting the main CLUTCH Club Millennium Award Scheme homepage.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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cRunch
calc a little, learn a lot.


Project champion: Fridolin Wild
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Edukapp
UK-wide Higher Education App & Widget Store


Project champion: Fridolin Wild
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FlashMeeting Technologystatus
The lightest possible video-conferencing software application
Hook-up your web cam, plug in your microphone, go to a web page ... and the Centre for New Media's FM Technology you to make an instant meeting - any time, any place, any platform! FM technology comes from the prize-winning FlashMeeing Project. It provides a host of features packed into a small applet direct in a web page. As the applet is implemented in using Adobe's Flash, the most widely available and most compatible of browser plugins, it is incredibly lightweight, efficient, good looking, and you probably will not have to download anything extra at all for it to work!


Project champion: Kevin Quick
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FlashVlogstatus
The quick and easy way to create instant video blogs
With a web cam and computer you can be creating video blogs almost instantly! You can record and edit streaming video that is available to a web audience within seconds. FlashVlogs are recorded and edited in the FlashVlog Editor and the results are watched using a separate FlashVlog Viewer. Both applets simply run in a standard web page using the popular Flash plug-in.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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Gamesstatus
Development of educational games
A number of our projects have required us to develop computer games. Either as a stimulating and entertaining way for the student to learn about a chosen subject, or as an interactive 'jewel' to keep a user interested in a website.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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Hallé KTP
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between the Hallé Concerts Society and KMi
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between the Hallé Concerts Society and KMi and provides an opportunity for KMi to use and furtheer develop some of its key technologies in a real commercial setting, whilst proving the the Hallé Concerts Society with expertise in the field of New Media Technologies For more information on KTPs, see www.ktponline.org.uk


Project champion: Kevin Quick
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Hexagonstatus
The power of 'presence' brought to your browser
Keep in touch with your colleagues wherever you are in the world. Not only can you see their present 'state-of-being', or use the inbuilt text chat, as with many other types of software, but you can actually see them working at their desk with regularly updating thumbnail images. And when you need a quick 'word' you can 'voice' chat with them!


Project champion: Jon Linney
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IEREST
An Erasmus Multilateral Project which aims at developing an Intercultural Path for Erasmus students.
Given that 'mobility still remains the exception rather than the rule' (COM(2009) 329: 5), there is a need of further innovative efforts in promoting it, above all in higher education. Also, the quality of the young Europeans' mobility must be taken into account, since it is well known that residence in a foreign country does not of itself reduce students' stereotypical perceptions of otherness (Shaules, 2007; Strong, 2011). IEREST will meet these needs by developing an Intercultural Path (namely, a set of teaching modules) to be provided to Erasmus students before, during, and after their experience abroad, in order to encourage learning mobility and to support students in benefiting as much as possible from their international experiences in terms of personal growth and intercultural awareness.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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Interacting in A Virtual Gallerystatus
Adding interactivity to virtual reality movies
There's nothing new about virtual reality, but recently considerable advances have been made in how interactive it can be. Using the latest version of Apple's QuickTime virtual reality authoring, combined with advanced digital photography and image editing, CNM have developed a fully interactive approach to virtual environments, with a customised interface that can link to Internet resources.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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iTunes U
iTunes University and Podcasting from KMi
Since late 2005 North American Universities have been using Apple's iTunes as a powerful platform to reach their students and the wider world. On June 3, 2008, Apple finally invited some other countries into this exciting channel. The 3 European Universities to launch at that time were The Open University, University College London (from the UK) and Trinity, Dublin (Ireland). Each of us launched with a pretty decent selection of materials and podcasts. KMi executed the launch, working closely with the Open University Learning and Teaching Solutions division. The team in LTS will take ahead the service and make it work effectively throughout the University work flows. KMi will take this work forward with an innovative range of new features and some exciting new support services for podcasting; and using the special features of this channel in some new ways...


Project champion: Ben Hawkridge
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L204 Summer School Blogstatus
A photo and audio blog for Spanish language students
Students on the L204 second level course "Viento en popa" sent images and voice recordings from their mobile phones as they walked around the historic town of Santiago de Compostela in North Western Spain during their week-long summer school in August 2007. The website was built around the same software and systems previously employed in KMi's Xtreme Webcasts, with the addition of Google Maps via their API.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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Learning Disability Historystatus
Enabling people to share experiences
Each year the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University organises a conference where people with learning difficulties, supporters, practitioners and academics share their life history experiences about a common theme. It's been a common concern at these meetings that only a limited number of people can take part. In this short project, we looked at how we would build a record of such a conference within the limits of current technology. The year is 2001 and the theme "resistance". Please remember that all materials are copyright and permission is required for re-use.


Project champion: Peter Scott
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Making the Newsstatus
Syndicating School News
This is a project based on the KMi Rostra technologies. The Making the News website is a 'one stop shop' for Primary and Secondary Broadband schools in the UK, where students and teachers can access news, activities and resources. They can create their own news, register, become a roving reporter and produce informative, groundbreaking news stories. Stories judged to be of a high standard are shared automaticlly with other schools in the region and, via RSS, published on the national Making the News website.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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MUPPLE
Lecture series on Mash-Up Personal Learning Environments


Project champion: Fridolin Wild
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Phone the Webstatus
The window through which users will access information from networks is widening
Advances in speech recognition, natural language interfaces and software assistants will mean that the way we interact with information and each other over the network will soon be very different too. The range of services available on the Internet could soon be available wherever you are, whenever you need it.

The popularity of text messaging, mobiles and email shows that people-to-people services are the ones that really catch the popular imagination. With this opening window, not just individuals, but groups, clubs, organisations and communities can keep in touch easily. The range of applications for these technologies will link more people and communities than was previously possible using only computer terminals.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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Podcastingstatus
A short introduction to podcasting
The word 'podcasting' is a combination of the words 'broadcasting' and 'iPod'. Podcasting is a means by which audio and video programs can be distributed via the internet by allowing users to subscribe to 'feeds'. These feeds contain details and descriptions of the programs, which are logically displayed for the user, and provide an easy way to download the associated files for users to listen to at their leisure. By using a subscription model the user can regularly check for new content to download to a computer and subsequently upload on to an iPod.


Project champion: Ben Hawkridge
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Prolearnstatus
Network of Excellence in Professional E Learning
This work aims to expand professional learners engagement with the best of European Interactive Media research. Corporate training still needs effective competence mapping and performance evaluation tools to support business learners. Indeed, corporate clients actually need the same access as all learners to an ideal portal learning system: ie. that will offer them a tracked experience with a set of 10 Euro learning modules, complete with credits and real interaction with peers, tutors and content; anywhere, anytime. This workpackage doesnt promise to solve that persistent problem on it own - but we do aim to show how interactive media research in Europe can help us in that direction.


Project champion: Kevin Quick
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RFIDstatus
Radio Frequency Identification
An RFID 'tag' is a small object of varying size and shape capable of storing data, that is usually either attached to something, or 'positioned' at a location. The data can be read when the antenna a tag contains, receives radio-frequencies from a nearby transceiver. CNM is looking into ways RFID technologies can be deployed in a learning environment. The project page contains an example of a simple but highly customizable educational based 'mobile' game.


Project champion: Kevin Quick
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ROLE
Responsive Open Learning Environments
The cross-disciplinary innovations of the ROLE project will deliver and test prototypes of high responsive TEL environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and mass-individualisation. The work of ROLE will advances the state-of-the-art in human resource management; self-regulated and social learning; psycho-pedagogical theories of adaptive education and educational psychology; service composition and orchestration; and the use of ICT in lifelong learning. ROLE offers adaptivity and personalization in terms of content and navigation and the entire learning environment and its functionalities. This approach permits individualization of the components, tools, and functionalities of a learning environment, and their adjustment or replacement by existing web-based software tools. Learning environment elements can be combined to generate (to mashup) new components and functionalities, which can be adapted by lone learners or collaborating learners to meet their own needs and to enhance the effectiveness of their learning. This empowers each user to generate new tools and functions according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience.


Project champion: Alexander Mikroyannidis
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ROSTRAstatus
Technologies for Intelligent News Agency
ROSTRA is a web-based news and content management tool written in PHP. Through the use of templates, it can be customised to fit into existing website designs, or act as a stand-alone website. Article submission is via a simple web form and can be accompanied by a wide variety of media including still images, movies (QuickTime, Windows Media, or FlashBlog), Word and Excel documents and PDF files. Images are resized automatically on the server to save bandwidth. Templates have been created so that ROSTRA can present material in blog formats and/for webcasting. All content is categorised and is fully searcheable. Posting can be done by authorised users or by guests, in which case the system supports message moderation by email. email digests of postings can be created automatically and stories can have permalinks. Certain templates allow authorised users to comment on postings. ROSTRA supports a heirarchical structure allowing sub-ROSTRA to feed into a master ROSTRA. In 2004, ROSTRA was adopted (as 'Making The News') for hundreds of schools across England by the East of England Broadband Consortium.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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ROSTRA Livestatus
Rostra Live provides new forms of access to news and dynamic information
ROSTRA news services now support a range of new engines to allow novel forms of access to their own changing information world. The ROSTRA LIVE engines use Macromedia Flash interfaces to read XML feeds from the ROSTRA servers. These news and event feeds can be dynamically mixed with other sources to support a range of animated views of significant changing data.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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Safety Centrestatus
Website design for the Milton Keynes Safety Centre
The Safety Centre is a prominent community inititative based in Milton Keynes. Their website has to appeal to a wide range of users - teachers, students, potential visitors, safety professionals and the general public. We used simple games, built with Macromedia Flash to support the childrens use of the site; and downloadable worksheets, in Adobe Acrobat, to support the teachers and parents use of the site.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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SportsCoachstatus
New Media in Sport
This prototype shows how to bring the very best of sports coaching, help, and tips to the internet. The site is divided into a number of sections. The coaching section has animated tips and techniques for many different sports. The forum provides for sport discussion, and an events diary allows local teams to advertise their events. Teachers should find the site very useful for planning classes.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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Stadiumstatus
Webcasting large-scale live events and on-demand-replays
KMi Stadium is the generic label for a suite of webcasting activities and software tools whose goal is to stage large-scale live events and on-demand-replays, while giving remote participants anywhere on the Internet a sense of 'being there'. It can be used for anything from a management seminar to a public lecture and has been successfully used for the Open University's On the Record Web-Casts. Its use in education is shown by its deployment for IET's Open and Distance Learning courses and Open University Business School seminars.


Project champion: Ben Hawkridge
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Station Xstatus
The CNM input to Bletchley Park
This is part of a CNM outreach initiative which highlights the local heritage site of Bletchley Park which was the WWII location of the codebreaking section called Station X. This project has focused on a reworking on their website in conjunction with the release of the film ENIGMA, and the development of some interesting code related games We are also exploring the creation of accessible resources for schools that use Codes and Hacking in National Curriculum Exemplars.


Project champion: Jon Linney
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STELLARNET
The open network of excellence in technology-enhanced learning.


Project champion: Peter Scott
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TELL-ME
Technology Enhanced Learning Livinglab for Manufacturing Environments


Project champion: Fridolin Wild
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TELMAP
Future gazing TEL: the roadmap for the unknown Learning landscape
TEL-Map is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission under the Technology-Enhanced Learning programme. It focuses on exploratory / roadmapping activities for fundamentally new forms of learning to support the adoption of those new forms, via awareness building and knowledge management on the results of EU RTD projects in TEL and socio-economic evaluations in education.


Project champion: Paul Lefrere
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The Virtual Corporate Universitystatus
Streaming media solution to the corporate university sector
The Virtual Corporate University is a rapid prototype of a streaming media solution to the basic requirements of the emerging corporate university sector. Corporate clients expect simple media on demand delivery of materials to their students desktops in a very tightly managed system that is tuned to their corporations? working practices. In this prototype we explore how Open Learning materials and practices could be combined with commercial student management facilities to suit these corporate requirements.


Project champion: Peter Scott

VDCstatus
The Virtual Degree Ceremony
In this project we are exploring how to use technology to appropriately support a strongly social type of event - the celebration of the award of degrees to students in a virtual format. Our second worldwide virtual degree ceremony was webcast live on April 18th 2001. The live ceremony included chat, slides and animations as well as audio and video from the Berrill Lecture Theatre in Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom. Apart from staff on stage, the auditorium itself was entirely empty during the presentation - as all the audience were remote! In addition to the UK based participants, students attended from as far away as New Zealand, Brazil, Denmark and the USA. In this ceremony, students graduated at home whilst baby-sitting, in the office with colleagues and a glass of champagne, and even with a cappuccino in a local cyber-cafe. A student in New Zealand joked that it was so early/late that he was graduating in his pyjamas!


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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webCEF
Language learning assessment to the Common European Framework
KMi joined the webCEF project on language learning assessments, based on the Common European Framework of Reference. We developed an online tool which helps: WebCEF allows: <ul> <li>language learners to let their samples be assessed by teachers all over Europe <li>language teachers the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across Europe and to improve their skills in the use of the CEF scales <li>language researchers the access to a vast database of samples and assessments </ul> The WebCEF project runs until September 2009 and is funded under the Socrates - Minerva programme of the European Commission.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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XOstatus
The automatic presentation creator
The playback engine XO Stage and its companion editing tools XO Editor and XO ButtonEd make the creation and viewing of multimedia presentations a breeze. It uses a combination of Apple QuickTime and Macromedia Flash to provide an easy way to create professional looking presentations.


Project champion: Ben Hawkridge
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XO Backlotstatus
The Stadium Backlot system facilitates the management and maintenance of both live web casts and rep
The KMi Stadium project has supported a vast range of educational webcasting experiments, both within the Open University and for external clients. The logistics of managing such events, from a web based access point of view, has led to the development of the Stadium Backlot System.


Project champion: Ben Hawkridge
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Xtreme Webcastingstatus
Taking webcasting to the xtreme
A combination of technologies can allow people all over the world to witness extrordinary events. The Matterhorn, August 2002. A mountaineer takes a leading-edge mobile phone on his ascent of the famous Swiss landmark and sends images and voice messages to the KMi lab in Milton Keynes, UK. Using Macromedia's FlashCom technologies provided "out of the box" in the latest version of Flash MX we have assembled a dynamic, multimedia website for this event. Viewers from around the globe can tune in to the event and even interact via a text chat facility. Everest, May 2006. The same mountaineer makes a transmission via satellite phone from the summit of Everest - made available in seconds to his many friends, relatives and followers around the world - as part of his challenge to conquor the highest mountain on each of the seven continents of the world. Spain, August 2007. Students on the OU second level course L204 used our technology for less extreme podcasting, posting images and recordings as they explored the historic town of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. The website was built using the same technology we had developed for the 7 Summits website.


Project champion: Chris Valentine
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